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Sergio Mendes Film with John Legend, will.i.am airs on PBS – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: PBS will broadcast a documentary Sergio Mendes and his friends: a celebration, on the famous Brazilian musician.

The film will premiere as part of special programming on PBS stations in June 2021 and is derived from the feature documentary Sergio Mendes: in the key to joy by filmmaker John Scheinfeld (United States vs. John Lennon).

The deal was negotiated by WNED PBS and the distributor of the film Brainstorm Media.

Mendes, who exploded onto the scene in the 1960s with his band, Brasil ’66, played a big role in popularizing Brazilian music around the world and at the same time created his own genre by merging Brazilian music. with American pop. The three-time Grammy winner has released 35 albums, including Timeless, produced by will.i.am. Hit singles include Mas Que Nada, The Look of Love, Scarborough Fair, Night and Day, Never Gonna Let You Go and her famous take on Fool on the Hill. In 2012 his animated film Real in Rio Rio was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song.

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In Sergio Mendes and his friends: a celebration, the Brazilian is joined on screen by friends and collaborators including Herb Alpert, Common, Lani Hall (main singer of Brasil ’66), Quincy Jones, John Legend, Gracinha Mendes (Sergiolead singer since 1971 and his wife of 46 years), Jerry Moss, Carlos Saldhana and will.i.am.

“I really can’t wait to share my life and musical journey through Brazil’s 66 decades to the present day with PBS viewers across the country,” said Mendes. “I hope viewers have a joyful and uplifting experience.”

SergioThe warmth, humor and appreciation of life through all the senses made me feel a strong connection with him and I want others to feel the same, ”added director Scheinfeld. “His life is an exceptional mix of encounters, spontaneity and chance and makes him an irresistible subject for a film.

We have already launched images for Sergio Mendes: in the key to joy, which premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival last year. You can also see a trailer here.

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