THE SUMMER OF SOUL
The Summer of Soul is part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten – until now. Summer of Soul shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more.
Questlove was born in 1971 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Ahmir Khalib Thompson. He is known for his work on The Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021), Top Five (2014) and Detroit (2017).
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival 2021
John Schlesinger, Provincetown International Film Festival 2021
Audience Choice Award, Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival 2021
BIFF Award, Boulder International Film Festival 2021
The Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (doc.)
Cast: Roy Ayers, Ethel Beatty, Barbara Bland-Acosta
Production: Concordia Studio, Larry Billy Productions, Mass Distraction Media
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