The film -- directed by Dan Pritzker and starring Jackie Earle Haley, Shanti Lowry, and Anthony Coleman and featuring the work of Academy Award-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond -- is an homage to Louis Armstrong. Set in 1907 New Orleans, the story follows six year old Louis as he learns to play the trumpet and aids a young woman named Grace who's become mixed up with an evil judge played by Jackie Earle Haley.
Part film, part concert, Louis looks to be quite the event -- a throwback to the silent era of films, but one that features world class performers providing the aural accompaniment. Marsalis makes it clear that while Louis is classed as a silent film, it's not really quiet: "Of course, calling it a silent film is a misnomer -- there will be plenty of music, and jazz is like a conversation between the players so there'll be no shortage of dialogue."
You can check out the trailer for Louis over here. There are currently five screenings scheduled, one each in New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, Detroit, and Philadelphia taking place between August 25 – 31. Part of the proceeds from these events will go to the Providence Saint Mel School in Chicago, IL in honor of Paul J. Adams III. So, not only will you see what looks to be a great show, but you'll be contributing to a good cause as well.