One New York arts institution is about to tip its hat to another. The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival will open with the world premiere of the HBO documentary The Apollo, directed by Oscar-winning Tribeca alum Roger Ross Williams. The movie will explore the iconic theater’s 85-plus years of history as an influential crossroads of race, class, art, and culture, cutting back to archival footage as it documents the mounting of a new staging of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me. The film will also feature interviews with artists ranging from Smokey Robinson and Patti LaBelle to Jamie Foxx and Pharrell Williams. The film is set to premiere at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, runs April 24 to May 5.
The Apollo Theater in Harlem. Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images