Jazz, blues, zydeco, old time country music and other variations on America’s musical heritage are at the heart of MacGillivray Freeman’s America’s Musical Journey, a giant screen film that celebrates the unique diversity of cultures and creative risk-taking that characterize America. The film follows singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc as he traces Louis Armstrong’s footsteps through the colorful locales and cultures where America’s music was born, in iconic cities like New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Nashville, Miami and more. At each stop, audiences will experience uniquely American adventures that embody the country’s trailblazing spirit—paddle-wheel boating up the Mississippi Delta, flash mob dancing in Chicago or group skydiving above Memphis—in scenes shot specifically for the giant screen. Along the way, audiences will meet the artists, music makers, storytellers and innovators who are shaping America’s culture today.

Film Details

  • Year Released: 2018
  • Date Released:


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  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: Yes
  • Run Time: 31-50
  • Formats: 15/70, DCI-compliant Digital, IMAX Digital, IMAX Laser, Dome-customized 15/70, Fulldome
  • Distributor:

    MacGillivray Freeman Films

  • Produced By:

    MacGillivray Freeman Films in association with Brand USA and presented by Expedia

  • Executive Producer: Tom Garzilli
  • Producer: Shaun MacGillivray
  • Director:  Greg MacGillivray
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Stephen Judson
  • Cinematography: Brad Ohlund, director of photography; Ron Goodman, aerial photography
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects: Alan Markowitz, Visceral Image Productdions
  • Music/Score:  Steve Wood
  • Editor: Stephen Judson, Jason Paul
  • Narrator:
  • Other Credits: Production Managers: Meghan MacGillivray, Kathy Almon
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  • Concert/Music
  • Historical


Film website


  • Best Sound Design, GSCA Achievement Awards, 2018
  • Best Original Score, GSCA Achievement Awards, 2018




Film Facts

Featured artisits include Aloe Blacc, Jon Batiste, Gloria & Emilio Estefan, Dr. John, Bandaloop Dancers, Donnetta and Eddie, Ramsey Lewis, Willow Osborne, The Flying Elvi, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Irma Thomas, The Detroit Youth Choir, Gareth Laffely, Bea