Summer of Soul
CAST: Chris Rock, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stevie Wonder DIRECTOR: Questlove IN THEATERS ONLY | CLOSES 7/22/21
In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary-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 & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Ray Baretto, Abbey Lincoln & Max Roach and more.
Questlove revives this electric, never-before-seen, deftly edited footage of Black joy and community, along with interviews of participants.Sheri Flanders, Chicago Reader
Questlove and his rousing, thoughtful documentary links us back to the past with this precious and rare archive.Dwight Brown, National Newspaper Publishers Association
This sizzling concert film is a resurrected piece of power-to-the-people art, featuring dizzyingly rich footage from 1969's Harlem Cultural Festival. [It] reclaims a forgotten piece of Black culture with aching timeliness.Tomris Laffly, Harper's Bazaar