The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach Is Directing a Dr. John Documentary
Auerbach produced the late artist's 2012 album 'Locked Down'
Published Jul 12, 2021The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach has revealed plans to make his directorial debut in helming a documentary on the late Dr. John.
Per the Associated Press, Auerbach has partnered with RadicalMedia to create a feature film that will "tell a story about Dr. John's intricate life along with his musical and cultural impact."
In a press release, Auerbach — who produced and performed on Dr. John's 2012 album Locked Down — called his late collaborator "a unique individual and a shining example of the great melting pot of American music."
"From his mysterious voodoo stage persona Dr. John, to his real, humble self Mac Rebannack — the street poet, the family man, the junkie, the Grammy award winner and all that's in between — this documentary will introduce the world to him in a way they haven't seen him before," Auerbach shared. "I'm still learning bits about him that I never knew, and I hope the movie provides a lens into the story of the life of Dr. John."
RadicalMedia's Jon Kamen and Jon Doran will executive produce the film alongside Dr. John's longtime managers, Ed Gerard and Peter Himberger of Impact Artist Productions, and independent producer Leopoldo Gout. A title and release date for the film have yet to be revealed.
Dr. John passed away in 2019. He was 77. The Black Keys delivered blues covers effort Delta Kream earlier this year.
RadicalMedia recently produced the Questlove-directed film Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), which we also named among the best music documentaries of 2021 so far.