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Louis Armstrong's secret daughter film comes to Junction City!

[Junction City, KS] - 50 years after the death of Louis Armstrong, the only child of the

American icon, Sharon Preston-Folta, comes forward in an award-winning PBS

documentary, Little Satchmo, set to screen at the C.L. Hoover Opera House on October

8th at 7:00 pm, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. After living closely in the shadow of

her father, Armstrong’s secret daughter reveals a family and their relationship that was

kept entirely invisible - until now.

The feature documentary is the Season Premiere of PBS Reel South Season 7, running

nationally on broadcast and cable.

Little Satchmo is directed by John Alexander and produced by JC Guest, who previously filmed in Geary County for their cult thriller feature debut Bender, about the notorious Bloody Bender family, before their record-breaking and multi-award-winning Rudy Love documentary This Is Love. Little Satchmo is based on Preston-Folta’s memoir of the same

title, detailing how Sharon, the product of a two-decade love affair between Satchmo and Harlem dancer Lucille ‘Sweets’ Preston, had no option but to harbor and conceal her identity for decades before making it public.

Little Satchmo made a sold-out world premiere at Oscar-qualifying Thessaloniki

Documentary Festival in Greece followed by critically acclaimed debuts at the American

Black Film Festival, Toronto’s Hot Docs’ Doc Soup Film Series, the Krakow Film Festival,

Harvard University and AARP’s Movies for Grownups, winning prizes in Switzerland,

Spain and Italy. Details for the film’s upcoming international release will be announced


The film, a sponsored project of the Southern Documentary Fund, is also produced by

Lea Umberger, executive produced by Sharon Preston-Folta, underwritten by Emily

Bonavia and Susan Houston, and features original music performed by Wycliffe Gordon

and composed by Emmy/Grammy winner and nominee, Eddie Korvin. Kansas’ Shawn

Rhodes and Ann Garvey also co-produce.


Crook & Nanny is a film production company dedicated to framing unique voices in a

timely landscape. For more information, visit:

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