Searchlight Pictures has released a new featurette for the upcoming film Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) coming to theaters and Hulu on July 2.
- Searchlight Pictures released a new featurette for the film Summer of Soul talking to the director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Musa Jackson and Barbara Bland-Acosta, who both attended the festival.
- A new poster was also released a few days ago you can check out above.
- Searchlight Pictures acquired the documentary after making its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2021.
- The film is the directorial debut of musician, songwriter, DJ, and journalist Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and won the audience award and the grand jury prize in the U.S. documentary competition section at Sundance.
- Alex saw the movie during Sundance and gave it a glowing review you can read here.
About Summer of Soul:
“In 1969, during the same summer as Woodstock, a different music festival took place 100 miles away. More than 300,000 people attended the summer concert series known as the Harlem Cultural Festival. It was filmed, but after that summer, the footage sat in a basement for 50 years. It has never been seen. Until now.
Summer Of Soul is a stunning unearthed treasure destined to become a pillar of American music and African American history. In his striking debut as a filmmaker, the legendary musician Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents this transporting documentary—part concert film, part historical record—about an epic event that radiated the wholesale reevaluation of Black history, culture, fashion, and music. This rich tapestry deftly incorporates an unforgettable musical revue that includes many rare gems, such as a Stevie Wonder drum solo and a duet between Mahalia Jackson and Mavis Staples. 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.”
You can check out Summer of Soul on Friday, July 2 in theaters and on Hulu.