Filmmaker Alex Horwitz arranged to follow the creators and original cast of an obscure new musical called Hamilton from its early days at the Public Theater in New York... and wound up chronicling the birth of one of the great Broadway hits of the century so far. The resulting documentary film, Hamilton's America, gets its world premiere October 1 at the 2016 New York Film Festival.
Screenings are scheduled for October 1 at 6:45 PM at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center and October 2 at 9 PM at the same venue. Click here to order tickets.
The film is scheduled to be shown on THIRTEEN's Great Performances October 21 at 9 PM ET on PBS as the season premiere of the PBS Arts Fall Festival.
According to production notes, the documentary combines interviews with experts and prominent personalities, footage of the production in New York, and cast-led expeditions to Washington, DC and Philadelphia. Audiences will sit with composer Lin-Manuel Miranda as he writes songs in Aaron Burr’s Manhattan bedroom.
Horwitz is scheduled to appear at the screenings.
Produced by Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning producers RadicalMedia and directed by Alex Horwitz, Hamilton's America, according to production notes, “delves even deeper into the creation of the show, revealing Miranda's process of absorbing and then adapting Hamilton's epic story into groundbreaking musical theater. Further fleshing out the story is newly shot footage of the New York production with its original cast, trips to historic locations, such as Mt. Vernon and Valley Forge with Miranda and other cast members, and a surprising range of interviews with prominent personalities, experts, politicians, and musicians including President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Secretary Hank Paulson, Secretary Timothy Geithner, Questlove, Black Thought, Jimmy Fallon, John Weidman, Nas and Stephen Sondheim.”
Viewers will witness Miranda at the White House in 2009 performing an early version of what would become "Alexander Hamilton" as well as an inside view of Miranda as he composes songs in Aaron Burr's Manhattan bedroom. Viewers will also travel to Virginia with Christopher Jackson—who was Tony-nominated for his portrayal of George Washington in the musical—as he reveals his personal struggle preparing for the role, while grappling with our Founders' legacy of slavery. Back in New York, Miranda, who originated the role of Hamilton in the musical, and Leslie Odom, Jr., who won a Tony for his portrayal of Aaron Burr, visit the Museum of American Finance to get a deeper understanding of the historical figures they are depicting on stage.
Watch the trailer below:
A longer version of the trailer, which can be seen below, premiered at USA Today:
Winner of 11 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Hamilton continues at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the 2016 New York Film Festival runs through October 16.