When people think of legendary guitarists, most of the ones mentioned in the upper echelon of the category have sadly passed on. However, one of the absolute greatest guitarists of all time is getting his own film. Who are we speaking about? None other than Carlos Santana. The man paved the way for plenty of guitarists, and he has been instrumental (literally) at genre-blending in a way that has brought so many musicians together with his genius musicality. There is currently a documentary being made that will highlight the man’s life from being a street performer into the powerhouse that he is now. The documentary is being put together by Rudy Valdez.
Rudy Valdez famously directed The Sentence, which covers mandatory minimum prison sentences and the effects it has on families. That documentary landed an Emmy and was produced for HBO. HBO often does its due diligence when it comes to releasing content, and the company usually gets things right. There has been no word about where the Santana documentary will be streamed or premiere, but it could theoretically end up at HBO as well. The man himself spoke about his honor to be the subject of this documentary, and what his aims are for telling his story. According to Santana, “The intentionality of this film is to touch people’s hearts and to inspire people to re-connect with their own light that they may ignite blessings and miracles.”
Santana has had a monster career in terms of his music journey. He is a 10x Grammy winner. A 3x Latin Grammy winner. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Billboard Century Award recipient, recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, and one of the only musicians to have a top-10 hit in every decade since the 1960s. Simply put, the man has been one of the biggest and most influential musicians for over 60 years. Now we will all get to see where this journey started, and where it has taken him. Santana joins a prestigious list of iconic musicians that have been given a deep dive into their genius. Most of the time the deeper look comes in form of a biopic, but it’s good that this time we are going to be given a documentary.
This upcoming Santana documentary is certainly in good hands, as Ron Howard is also going to serve as an executive producer for the film. He is joined by Oscar-winner Brian Grazer, who famously produced Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind. The latter was the film that won him a Best Picture Academy Award. This is a lot of high-level talent that is going to be attached to this new documentary. For someone as prestigious in the music game as Santana is, he deserves to have the best care taken with his story. Imagine Documentaries is pairing with Sony Music Entertainment to bring this documentary to life.
The Santana documentary is currently in production, but there are no further details about where it will premiere or its release date. There is usually a ton of work to be done on documentaries in the form of interviews and things of that nature. We might not see this documentary premiere until sometime in early 2023. Keep your eyes peeled for further details in the coming months.