CarlosDirected by Rudy Valdez
Cast: Carlos Santana
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Presented by Sony Pictures Classics
Directed by: Rudy Valdez
Produced by: Sara Bernstein, Justin Wilkes, Lizz Morhaim, Leopoldo Gout, Ashley Kahn, Sam Pollard, Rudy Valdez
This lively and intimately-crafted documentary immerses us in rock icon Carlos Santana’s life and musical trajectory. Filmmaker Rudy Valdez bolsters this personal narrative with pulsating, never-before-seen footage— guided by Santana himself, in his own words.
At the age of 5, in his native Mexico, Carlos Santana learned to play the violin. At 8, he developed a lifelong love for the guitar. At 14, he honed those guitar virtuoso skills and his performance style as a street musician, starting his own band shortly after, while still a teenager. And at 22 — just before his first album was released to acclaim — Carlos Santana became one of the major discoveries of Woodstock, anchoring the famous festival’s second afternoon on August 16, 1969. A music industry legend for 50 years and a 10-time Grammy-winning global sensation, as well as a recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor and a Billboard Century award, Santana continues to be one of the music world’s premier artists, blending jazz, blues, and the Mariachi sound with a rock n’ roll spirituality. This electrifying doc positions new interviews with Santana and his family alongside extraordinary, never-before-seen archival footage — including home video recordings made by Santana himself; concert footage; and behind-the-scenes moments — as two-time Emmy-winning director Rudy Valdez (The Sentence; Through Our Eyes; We Are: The Brooklyn Saints) creates an intimate, rich portrait of a man whose sound continues to cast a spell on fans.