CARLOS: The Santana Journey Global Premiere

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One of the most anticipated music documentaries of the year.

Celebrate the life of one of music’s greatest icons in this special premiere event. See the new movie CARLOS first, including intro content featuring director Rudy Valdez and Carlos Santana, exclusive to this event.

At the age of 5, in his native Mexico, he learned to play the violin. At 8, he developed a lifelong love for the guitar. At 14, he honed those guitar virtuoso skills and his performance style working as a street musician, starting his own band long after, while still a teenager. And at 22 — just before his first album was released to acclaim — Carlos Santana became one of the major discoveries of Woodstock, anchoring the famous festival’s second afternoon on August 16, 1969.   

A music industry legend for 50 years and a 10-time Grammy-winning global sensation, as well as a recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor and a Billboard Century award, Santana continues to be one of the music world’s premiere artists, blending jazz, blues, and the Mariachi sound with a rock n’ roll spirituality and a sense of connection to music’s primal connection to our deepest emotions.   

The electric documentary CARLOS utilizes new interviews with Santana and his family alongside extraordinary, never-before-seen archival footage — including home video recordings Santana himself made; concert footage; and behind- the-scenes moments — as two-time Emmy-winning director Rudy Valdez (The Sentence; Through Our Eyes; We Are: The Brooklyn Saints) creates an intimate, rich documentary about a man whose sound casts a spell on fans who love — as one of Santana’s famous titles says— “how his rhythm goes.”   

Executive produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (Academy-Award winning team behind hit films such as A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code) the release comes with the full support of Carlos Santana and management. The event will feature a filmed introduction from Carlos Santana himself.

… it was Woodstock that elevated him to the big leagues, and the story he tells in “Carlos” about that performance is one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll anecdotes I’ve ever heard.


“Carlos” has one of the best openings I’ve ever seen — or heard — in a music documentary. 

owen gleiberman


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