Dan Auerbach Making Directorial Debut With Documentary About Dr. John
The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach will direct his first feature-length film, a documentary about Dr. John, the Louisiana-born musician who passed away two years ago at 77. Auerbach had collaborated with Dr. John in the past, producing his 2012 album Locked Down and teaming up with him for a 2015 project called The Arcs vs. The Inventors.
The still-untitled Dr. John documentary will be produced by the same company behind Questlove’s recently released Summer Of Soul.
“I’m thrilled to be partnering with RadicalMedia and Impact Artist Productions to try my hand at directing a documentary feature for the first time and I’m honored to have the subject be my friend Dr John,” Auerbach said in a statement, continuing:
He was such 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. 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.