Latin American jazz fusion icon Carlos Santana will be the subject of an extensive documentary directed by Emmy winner Rudy Valdez.
Imagine Documentaries is collaborating on the project with Sony Music Entertainment, which is co-financing and managing the distribution. It will follow Santana’s journey from 14-year-old street musician to 10-time Grammy-winning global sensation, and feature never-before-seen archival footage and tracks.
Valdez is the director of the People’s Choice Award-winning Sundance American documentary “The Sentence,” about the corrosive effect of mandatory minimum sentences on convicts and their families. This project won an Emmy and was released by HBO.
Currently filming, Santana’s untitled documentary is produced by Sara Bernstein and Justin Wilkes for Imagine, starring Lizz Morhaim (“Rebuilding Paradise”). Imagine co-founders and Oscar winners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard serve as executive producers.
“I am honored and grateful to have collaborated with Imagine Documentaries and Sony Music to bring my story to light. Director Rudy Valdez, along with Ron, Brian, Justin and Sara have embraced this journey, which is one of triumph and success. ‘adventure,” Santana said. Variety. “The intention of this film is to touch people’s hearts and inspire people to reconnect with their own light so they can unleash blessings and miracles.”
Leopoldo Gout (“Molly’s Game”), Ashley Kahn (“Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool”) and Sam Pollard (“MLK/FBI”) are also producers. Meredith Kaulfers is co-executive producer of Imagine and Michael Vrionis is also an EP. Tom Mackay and Richard Story are executive producers for Sony Music Entertainment.
“We are thrilled that Carlos has entrusted us with the task of bringing his incredibly inspiring story to life in this film,” said Wilkes. “He is one of the greatest musicians of all time, and throughout his career Santana has unabashedly broken boundaries and reinvented a tone universally celebrated across the globe. To collaborate with Rudy Valdez again is an honor and we are thrilled that he is taking us on a journey with Santana.
“Carlos Santana’s vision and pioneering artistry have influenced generations of fans in so many musical genres,” Mackay said. “Through this new project in partnership with Imagine Entertainment, we look forward to showcasing the scale and lasting impact of her story for audiences around the world.”
Santana is known for mixing genres to break down barriers. In addition to 10 Grammys, he is a three-time Latin Grammy Award winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Billboard Century Award recipient, and recipient of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. Santana is ranked 15th on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and joined the Rolling Stones as one of only two bands to have an album reach the Top 10 in every decade since the 1960s. His most recent album, “Blessings and Miracles,” features collaborations with Rob Thomas, Chris Stapleton, Steve Winwood and others.
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