In Person Festival returns January 25-29, 2023 

DBFF22 opens with film LITTLE SATCHMO




On Friday, January 27th we invite you to watch Little Satchmo with us at 7:00 pm Central and at 8:15 pm Central join us for a Live Stream Q & A  with Sharon Preston Folta – daughter of Louis Armstrong and Subject of the film; John Alexander- Director; and Lea Umberger- Producer. Can’t watch the film at 7:00pm you can still tune in for the Q & A and panel and then watch the film at your leisure. It will be available from 12:00 am Central on Thursday, January 27th until Sunday, February 6th at 11:59 pm Central. 

To the world, Louis Armstrong is iconic as a symbol of musical genius, unparalleled success, and unassailable character. To Sharon, he was simply Dad. Armstrong’s wholesome, non-threatening image preserved his singular career as a black performer with unfettered access to a white man’s world. Yet he was more than a caricature; he had desires, he had longings, and in private, he held tightly to the things he loved. Perhaps closest to his heart was a child whom he hid from the world: a daughter sworn to a life of secrecy until now.


Q & A with Filmmaker & Guests: 8:15pm CST- 9:00pm CST

Host: Renee Smith – DBFF Film Programming Team Member 

Guests: Sharon Preston Folta – daughter of Louis Armstrong and Subject of the film; John Alexander- Director; and Sharon Preston Folta – ; Lea Umberger- Producer


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John Alexander Director

After interning with Sam Raimi on Drag Me to Hell (Cannes 2099), Alexander graduated from Harvard in 2011, where he won the McCord Arts Prize. He edited One Way to Drown, executive produced by Brett Ratner, Running Wild, starring Alden Ehrenreich, and Shut Up and Drive (Tribeca 2015). His directorial feature debut Bender (2016), cult thriller about America’s first serial killing family, won a Golden Strands award for Outstanding Cast, and Alexander directed short thriller Suspect (2017) with the American Film Institute. His debut documentary This Is Love (2018) has screened at 40 film festivals worldwide and won top prizes in 12, including the Spirit Award at Raindance in London and Best International Documentary in Rome.


Sharon Preston-Folta Daughter of Louis Armstrong and Subject of the film

Preston-Folta’s memoir was adapted into screenplay form and serves as the backbone of the film, made with her close participation and collaboration. Her story, voice and collection of personal mementos bring authenticity and emotional connection to this very personal journey and reveal the previously unknown history of Satchmo’s life as a family man, and her father.

Sharon Preston-Folta has spent a thirty-plus-year career in advertising sales and marketing, predominately as an account executive in radio. She’s worked with such companies as fairchild Publications and WLNY TV in Long Island, and ABC/Disney and CBS Radio and Emmis Communications in New York City. She is currently Sr. Account Executive with WUSF Public Media in Tampa, FL.


Lea Umberger Producer

Lea Umberger has been working in Stage and Film for more than 20 years. After graduating NYU Tisch School of the Art with an MFA in set and costume design she set out to build a design career that covers Theater, Film, Television in Production Design, Set Design and

Costume Design.Lea has also worked for the past 14 years as a production designer/art director for film with two features, 17 short films and eight years as the Managing Art Director at HSN, where she created and managed set designs for network events, partnerships and brands including Disney,

Universal, Dreamworks, Ford, Toyota, Lancome, Sofia Vergara, Michael Bolton, Rod Stewart, Keith Urban, Randy Jackson, Queen Latifah, Nate Berkus, Vern Yip and more. Lea is the Programmer for Listen Up Film Series and works with Daddy Kool Records to present a free monthly film series that encourages independent spirit by bringing the rich and raucous world of music and art house films to the Tampa Bay area. Lea also serves as Art Project Manager with Creative Pinellas.


Watch Little Satchmo at #DBFF22

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