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Directed by:

Rudy Valdez


97 minutes

CARLOS immerses us in rock icon Carlos Santana’s life and musical journey from a 14-year-old street musician to a 10-time Grammy winning global sensation. Filmmaker Rudy Valdez bolsters this personal narrative with pulsating, never-before-seen footage — guided by Santana himself, in his own words.


October 28, 2023 at 11:00:00 PM

October 29, 2023 at 8:00:00 PM


In-Theatre ONLY. Not available on-demand.

Carlos Official Trailer

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Carlos is an expansive documentary about the Latin American jazz fusion-icon. The film centers on Carlos, the person, rather than just Santana, the performer. It “showcases the genius behind the musical sensation that has led Carlos Santana’s music to resonate with global audiences across multiple generations.” (Sony Pictures Classics) His “remarkable story is as complex, lively, and inspiring as his music, offering an intimate and exhilarating look inside the mind of an elemental force of contemporary music.”


 “Carlos is a true trailblazer who has meant so much to so many people. My hope is that this film is a celebration of a life defined by humanity…He has blown up the boundaries and expectations the world had placed on him as a Mexican immigrant and person of color, and I’m thrilled to be putting this story out into the world.” (Rudy Valdez, Director)




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Rudy Valdez


Sara Bernstein, Producer

Ryan CarliLine, Producer

Haley Chang, Associate Producer

Samantha Cutler, Associate Producer

Leopoldo Gout, Producer

Ashley Kahn, Producer

Lizz Morhaim, Producer

Sam Pollard, Producer

Megan Robertson, Archival Producer

Austin Short, Archival Producer

Rebecca Teitel, Production Executive: Sony Music Entertainment

Rudy Valdez, Producer (p.g.a.)

Justin Wilkes, Producer

Daniel T. Wilson, Field Producer

Jeremy Zerechak, Post Producer

Executive Producers

Brian Grazer

Ron Howard

Meredith Kaulfers, Co-Executive Producer

Tom Mackay, Executive Producer

Richard Story, Executive Producer

Michael Vrionis, Executive Producer


Carlos Santana


Rudy Valdez


Viridiana Lieberman

Hair And Makeup

Natalie Davison

Field Production Manager

Meghan Schale

Sound Department

Richard Fleming, Additional Sound Mixer

"Alex Loew, Sound Designer | Sound Effects Editor

Pasquin Mariani, Additional Sound Mixer

Zack Thorpe, Sound Mixer

Visual Effects

Matthew Brunson-Cline, Creative Director

Logan Cuddemi, Motion Graphics

Camera and Electrical Department

Daniel Carter, Additional Cinematography

Ali Cengiz, Assistant Camera

Wolfgang Held, Additional Cinematography

Daniel T. Wilson, Additional Cinematography | Drone Operator

Editorial Department

Jonathan Akshlomo, Assistant Editor

Kevin Allen Caby, On-line Editor

Emy Fowler, Post Production Supervisor

Sierra Neal, Additional Editor

Alex T. Ostroff, Assistant Editor

Music Department

Shayna Chabrow, Music Coordinator

Meghan Currier, Music Supervisor

Gisburg Smialek, Music Editor

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