Summer of Soul Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Premiering at Sundance 2021

About

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.

About

  • Directed by: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
  • Edited by: Joshua L. Pearson
  • Produced by: David Dinerstein
  • Produced by: Robert Fyvolent
  • Produced by: Joseph Patel
  • Executive Producer: Jen Isaacson
  • Executive Producer: Jon Kamen
  • Executive Producer: Dave Sirulnick
  • Executive Producer: Jody Allen
  • Executive Producer: Ruth Johnston
  • Executive Producer: Rocky Collins
  • Executive Producer: Jannat Gargi
  • Executive Producer: Beth Hubbard
  • Executive Producer: Davis Guggenheim
  • Executive Producer: Laurene Powell Jobs
  • Executive Producer: Jeffrey Lurie
  • Executive Producer: Marie Therese Guirgis
  • Executive Producer: David Barse
  • Executive Producer: Ron Eisenberg
  • Executive Producer: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
  • Executive Producer: Sheila Johnson
  • Co-Executive Producer: Jonathan Silberberg
  • Co-Executive Producer: Nicole Stott
  • Director of Photography: Shawn Peters
  • Music Supervisor: Randall Poster
Where to See It

The 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival

In 1969, during the same summer as Woodstock, a different music festival took place 100 miles away - The Harlem Cultural Festival. More than 300,000 people attended. It was filmed, but after that summer, the footage sat in a basement for 50 years. It has never been seen. Until now.

12.17.2020


It's incredible to look at 50 years of history that's never been told, and I'm eager and humbled to tell that story.

Questlove

12.15.2020


"Summer of Soul" to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Rolling Stone