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America’s Musical Journey, MacGillivray Freeman Films’ newest 3D Giant Screen documentary, celebrates the unique diversity of cultures and the creative risk-taking that characterize America, as told through the story of its music.  The film follows Grammy-Award® nominated singer and songwriter Aloe Blacc as he traces Louis Armstrong’s footsteps through the colorful locales and cultures where America’s music was born.  Visiting cities such as New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Nashville, Miami and more, 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 skydiving with Elvis impersonators 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 and hopefully be inspired to explore their own creativity when the film lands in theatres in February.


Honors & Reviews
  • Best Musical Score – 2018 GSCA Achievement Awards
  • Best Sound Design – 2018 GSCA Achievement Awards
  • Best Audience Recommendation Film—Beijing International Film Festival, Science and Technology Section
  • Gold World Medal (Documentary – Travel and Tourism) – New York Festivals Best of Film and TV


“An exuberant exploration of the country’s creative roots.”
The New York Times

“A foot-stomping, high-flying, body-bending, hands-clapping, back-flipping, soul-lifting new film, celebrates the USA’s trailblazing spirit, dynamic diversity and enormous musical contribution.”

“Music just lives and breathes through this film. Let your teachers know about this incredible film that celebrates the vitality and importance of the arts.” 5 out of 5 Stars

“Crisp, bird’s eye views capture glittering urban cityscapes of the various sites… the aerial shots remain a visual highlight of the film.

“It’s upbeat, positive tone…should appeal to students…It’s the kind of empowering, inspiring story children need to know.”
Film Journal International


The Educator Guide contains 10 k-8 lessons that are designed to teach key language, social studies, and science standards using the STEM instructional techniques of experiential learning, investigative thinking, and model testing. The activities in the guide contain open ended MAKE prompts for students to design artifacts, make predictions, and evaluate decisions.

From New Orleans to New York City – A story of culture, creativity and the music that shaped America

“We are excited to introduce audiences to music legends,” says Shaun MacGillivray, producer of America’s Musical Journey and president of MacGillivray Freeman Films.  “We’re using the immersive, visual giant screen experience to tell the story of America’s musical heritage in a new and powerful way.


A MacGillivray Freeman Film produced in association with Brand USA and presented by Expedia, Inc.

Narrated by Morgan Freeman

Release date: February 16, 2018

Run Time: 40 Minutes

Format: filmed in 15 perforation/70mm, DCI compliant digital, IMAX digital, Dome-customized 15/70, 2D and 3D

Visit the film website for behind-the-scenes videos and more.

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