Releases the Story Behind the Soloist

Share Article site links visitors to videos and other original source material for upcoming film, "The Soloist." People looking for the back story, photos, music, news stories and historic documents related to the film can link to original source material directly from

The Soloist - Story Behind the Movie today released "The Soloist - Story Behind the Movie," a primary source reference library providing current and historic context for the upcoming film.

Visitors to can see pictures and videos of the actual people featured in the film, hear the music which Nathaniel Ayers (played by Jamie Foxx) performs on the streets of LA, watch Steve Lopez (played by Robert Downey, Jr.) describe his relationship with Ayers and take a virtual visit to the skid-row section of Los Angeles where Ayers lived.

Over 80 links strung through ten cohesive, easy-to-read chapters bring visitors directly to primary source materials and allow them to go as deeply as they want into related subject areas. Designed for both casual and academic exploration, the site links primary source material on everything from the place where Nathaniel Ayers was born and studied as a young man to the reasons why music has a calming effect on people who have schizophrenia.

Access to is free.


Launched in 1999, is a gathering place of primary source materials for educators and individuals seeking original material from reliable organizations such as national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies and government-created web sites. covers a wide variety of topic areas including biographies, movies, literature and historic events and compiles links to original materials such as photos, videos, illustrations, music, text and news stories in cohesive, readable context that is easy to navigate. Each story on the site links to online primary-source materials which are positioned in context to enhance reading comprehension, understanding and enjoyment.


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