CHAUT-03. Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

USA, Feature Documentary, 2021, 117 min

Sly Stone Courtesy of Mass Distraction Media

Sly Stone Courtesy of Mass Distraction Media

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 100 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,The Staples Singers, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more. Distributed by Searchlight Pictures

Directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

Boulder Premiere

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Venues: Boulder High; Cinemark Century Boulder, 1700 29th St.; Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Rd.; Boulder High Soccer Field