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US 2021, 117 min Director AHMIR “QUESTLOVE” THOMPSON
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 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 B.B. King, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Stevie Wonder, and more.
Summer of Soul premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. Together with Disney’s new BIPOC Creator Initiative, Searchlight Pictures will release it theatrically; it will also stream on Hulu.
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AHMIR “QUESTLOVE” THOMPSON
Drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author and member of The Roots, Questlove is the unmistakable heartbeat of Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop group. He is the musical director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where his beloved Roots crew serves as house band. Beyond that, this four-time Grammy® Award-winning musician’s indisputable reputation has landed him musical directing positions with everyone from D’Angelo to Eminem to Jay-Z. Questlove has also released four books including the New York Times bestseller Mo’ Meta Blues, Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of a Generation, somethingtofoodabout, and most recently Mixtape Potluck. Questlove and Black Thought of The Roots have executive produced the acclaimed documentary series Hip-Hop: The Songs The Shook America on AMC under their production company, Two One Five Entertainment, which recently announced a first-look deal with Universal Television to develop scripted and non-scripted programming. Questlove will serve as executive producer for upcoming documentary, The League, centered on the tumultuous journey of Negro league baseball. He also made his directorial debut with the acclaimed feature documentary Summer of Soul, which explores the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. The film debuted on the opening night of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival in January.
Additionally, Questlove served as the executive music producer and composer on the A&E miniseries Roots. He also scored Chris Rock’s film Top Five and co-produced the GRAMMY Award-winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hamilton. Questlove also hosts his own podcast Questlove Supreme on iHeart. Most recently, Questlove co-starred in Disney/Pixar’s critically acclaimed animated feature Soul, which premiered in December 2020.
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|RUNNING TIME:||117 min|
|DIRECTOR:||Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson|
|PRODUCERS:||David Dinerstein, Robert Fyvolent, Joseph Patel|
|EDITOR:||Joshua L. Pearson|
|PRINT SOURCE:||Searchlight Pictures|