Cottonwood Premiere: Louis Armstrong's Black & Blues


Old Town Center for the Arts Mon, Nov 7 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Cottonwood Premiere
Music Documentary
Release Year:2022
Run Time:104 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Sacha Jenkins


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with Old Town Center for the Arts (OTCA) to bring movies to Cottonwood!

“Monday Movies on Main” continues on Monday, Nov. 7 with the Cottonwood premiere of “Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues” at 7 p.m. at Old Town Center for the Arts.

Experience an unprecedented look into the life of the founding father of jazz. You’ve heard his influential music, now hear his incredible story.

Never-before-heard personal recordings and archival footage tell the story of Louis Armstrong’s life from his perspective. From musical phenom to civil rights activist to world-renowned artist, this illuminating film shows sides of Armstrong few have seen.

This definitive documentary, directed by Sacha Jenkins, honors Armstrong's legacy as a founding father of jazz, one of the first internationally known and beloved stars, and a cultural ambassador of the United States. The film shows how Armstrong’s own life spans the shift from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement, and how he became a lightning rod figure in that turbulent era.

With the full support of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, the filmmakers have access to a treasure trove of rare archival materials, including hundreds of hours of audio recordings, film footage, photographs, personal diaries, and a life’s worth of ephemera for exclusive use in the first significant documentary dedicated entirely to his life.

“A revealing glimpse of an American Icon. A delightful experience for jazz buffs.” — John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

“A legend comes to life. A doc that will make you appreciate Armstrong, the man.” — Christian Blauvelt, IndieWire

“This essential documentary goes deep on the life and art of the jazz legend using Armstrong’s own words.” — Brian Truitt, USA Today

The Old Town Center for the Arts is located at 633 N. 5th Street (just off Main) in Cottonwood.