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Published on Jul 2, 2021
Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
It’s always great to see the Mighty “Roots” crew reach new heights. We here at RETV feel especially proud because we are close to sure that we were the first East Coast outlet to play the “Distortion to Static” music video in 1994 – shout to Charles Stone III. But we better check with the Legendary Ralph McDaniels of “Music Video Box” just to be sure.
So when Searchlight Pictures invited us behind the scenes and to privately screen Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s pet project “Summer of Soul,” we had no idea we would be apart of experiencing a miracle in life and in documentary film making. To go further, the film is a clear example of ancestral communication in its purest form. A lot of that has been going on lately. People of color continue to press on in all chose fields. To channel the legendary Emcee “KRS-ONE” from his 1990 Classic – .”..the Blackman is in effect!! ”
SUMMER OF SOUL is an Instant Classic – period! Not only because Quest is a legendary musician and music historian, but because the first time feature length doc director was exposed to an essential historic relic and marched full steam ahead until the legendary artist and the filmmakers from that time, got the shine that they all deserved. The film found zero interest from the 1960’s television and film industry and soon found itself buried for 50 years – in the basement!
So Questlove and his team crafted a master piece. Delivering a story that not only marvels the mind blowing collection minority entertainers, (some that didn’t even make the cut!) he also intertwined the important social commentary about the plight of the people during one of the the most tumultuous periods in American history. Detrimental societal ills such as, poverty, deliberate economic injustices, inadequate education – too name a few.
This miracle is an Instant Classic because it gives us valuable moments to reflect on our predecessors path and hopefully continue to use their spirit as a beacon for our future endeavors!
Do not miss this experience. You’ll live to regret it.
– RETV/RE Classics
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, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more.“Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not be Televised),” is the first official project under the recently announced Onyx Collective brand.
The winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival will be released theatrically by Searchlight Pictures and will begin streaming on Hulu in the U.S. on July 2, 2021. The film will also stream internationally through the Star offering on Disney+ on a date to be confirmed.
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
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