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Silver Screen Series (In Person): Little Satchmo by John Alexander

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Closing out 2023, Docs In Progress is proud to present LITTLE SATCHMO, Emmy-winning documentary on the secret daughter of Louis Armstrong, directed by John Alexander for our December Silver Screen Series.

Join us in person on Tuesday, December 12 for a screening of the film and a conversation with Sharon Folta, Little Satchmo, the daughter of Louis Armstrong.


To the world, Louis Armstrong is iconic — a symbol of musical genius, unparalleled success, and unassailable character. To Sharon, he was simply Dad. Armstrong’s wholesome, non-threatening image preserved his singular career as a black performer with unfettered access to a white man's world. Yet he was more than a caricature. In private, he held tightly to the things he loved. Perhaps closest to his heart was a child whom he hid from the world: a daughter sworn to a life of secrecy until now.


The Silver Screen Series is intended as a gathering place where documentary films can be shown and shared. These films draw on the humanities values of biography, history, culture, and ethics. They are about the stories that define us, connect us with each other, express our values and convey our experiences. The Silver Screen Series is funded in part by Maryland Humanities and The National Endowment for the Humanities.