Questlove’s Summer of Soul Trailer Showcases the Legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival

The first trailer of Questlove’s documentary Summer of Soul (… or, when the revolution is not the television) premiered on Sunday night during the airing of the 93rd Academy Awards, and is scheduled to hit theaters on July 2. The film will also be made available for streaming on both Hulu and Disney + on the same day.

The documentary focuses on the much less well-known Harlem Cultural Festival, which was dubbed “Black Woodstock”, and even took place during the summer of 1969 in the same year. Unlike the widely known Woodstock Music Festival which took place during three. The day, the Harlem Cultural Festival lasted for a full six weeks, and attracted Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Gladys Knight and the Pips and Sally and the Family Stone to their stage. Despite the presence of world-renowned artists and Woodstock’s rival numbers, the celebration was seen as something more than an obscure pop culture phenomenon, something that appears in documentary scrutiny.

In addition to exclusive interviews and archived performance footage that has been unreleased for more than fifty years, the film also looks to explore the cultural implications that the festival was to the people of Harlem, and dive deeper into other issues Those who plague the Harlem community, as a strong distrust of the NYPD; So much so that the Black Panthers were hired as event security.

The film premiered in January 2021 to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize with the Audience Award, and was subsequently purchased by Searchlight Pictures, breaking a record $ 12 million. In addition, the film currently holds a 100% score on Rotantomato, with the critical consensus showing the film being cleverly praised to interview live footage, tying all the events to the present.

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Hip-hop drummer and Heat of soul Director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson originally began work on the film in early 2020 during the start of the Kovid-19 epidemic, and while it is his first outing directing film, Thompson has spent years not only for the music festival , Has also acted as music director for Jimmy Fallon Starring The Tonight Show.In addition to his work with the hip-hop group Roots,Thompson has also made a successful career as a producer, writer and actor, and most recently was awarded the title of music director for the 93rd Academy Awards. Moving forward, Thompson has already expressed interest in continuing the film and music, and has already begun work on a second documentary Chronicle Sly and the Family Stone.

“Ahmir has produced an incredible and inspiring debut film, which is punctual and relevant,” said Searchlight chairman Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula. House.” Heat of soulWill be available for streaming on Hulu and Disney + on July 2, and will receive a limited theatrical run for anyone who wants to experience the history of the Harlem Cultural Festival on the big screen.

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