Americas Musical Journey

A Story of Culture, Creativity and Music That Shaped America

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.

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

Awards and Recognition

Best Musical Score – 2018 GSCA Achievement Awards

Best Sound Design – 2018 GSCA Achievement Awards

Best Audience Recommendation Film—2018 Beijing International Film Festival, Science and Technology Section

Gold World Medal (Documentary – Travel and Tourism) – 2019 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

Available Formats

  • 15/70 Film
  • Non-IMAX Digital 2D
  • Non-IMAX Digital 3D
  • IMAX Xenon 2D
  • IMAX Xenon 3D
  • IMAX Laser 2D
  • IMAX Laser 3D
  • IMAX Laser Dome
  • Full-Dome Digital

Language Versions

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Valencian
  • Italian
  • Dutch
  • Russian
  • Latin-American Spanish
  • Any other language made to order