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Questlove’s ‘Summer of Soul’ Wins Sundance Film Festival’s Top Prize for Documentaries


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Questlove's 'Summer of Soul' Wins Sundance Film Festival's Top Prize for Documentaries


Summer of Soul unearths 50-year-old footage from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival.

Questlove has hit another career milestone. The Roots drummer’s directorial debut, Summer of Soul, topped nine other films to win the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for documentaries at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised,) unearths 50-year-old footage from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, also known as, the “Black Woodstock.” It features performances from Stevie Wonder, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, Sly & The Family Stone, Nina Simone, and more. “It has always been a dream of mine to direct films and telling this story has truly been an amazing experience,” said the freshly-minted director in a statement. Questlove also offered a far less formal response to the documentary’s win on Twitter (see below.)

“The most astounding discovery I had doing this film was that all these great talents gathered and gave their time and their energy and their creativity to this festival. This is three months before Woodstock happened. And it was recorded and documented and when it was over, just like that, it was done in a flash. Nobody cared,” said Questlove in a brief breakdown of the project for Sundance. Summer of Soul also took home Sundance’s Audience Award for documentaries at this year’s festival.


This year’s festival went the way of most things in the COVID era, shifting to a virtual format. Screenings began on January 28th and ran through today, February 3rd. There are still a handful of films showing throughout the day. You can check Sundance’s site for any last-minute screenings.

Watch Questlove discuss the inspiration behind Summer of Soul below and hold tight for updates on a nationwide release of the film in the weeks and months ahead.


  

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Questlove’s ‘Summer of Soul’ Sets New Record for Documentary Sale at Sundance

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Summer of Soul has been acquired for streaming in the largest sale of a documentary in Sundance history.

After winning the top prizes at Sundance Film Festival earlier this week, Questlove‘s Summer of Soul documentary has been picked up for streaming by Hulu.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Roots drummer’s directorial debut was scooped by Searchlight and Hulu in the highest sale of a documentary in the film festival’s history. The price wasn’t revealed, but the previous record-setting sale was in 2019 when Apple acquired Boys State for $12 million.

Summer of Soul (…Or When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised,) premiered at Sundance last week to rave reviews. It took home the U.S Grand Jury Prize for documentaries along with the Audience Award at this year’s festival. The film stitches together more than 40 hours of previously unseen footage from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, which includes performances from Nina Simone, B.B. King, Mavis Staples, Sly & The Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, and more.


“I’m so honored to be allowed to manifest my dreams after all this time,” Questlove said in a statement. “This is truly an honor. Summer Of Soul is a passion project and to have it resonate with so many people on so many levels has been incredibly rewarding,” the director adds. “It’s rare to find a film that captures the breadth of the Black American experience and also makes you want to dance, testify and sing out loud,” says Tara Duncan, President of Disney’s Freeform network and leader of the company’s BIPOC creator initiative.

Dates for the streaming and theatrical releases of Summer of Soul have yet to be announced. But it shouldn’t be long now. Stay tuned for updates on the film’s big and small screen debuts in the weeks and months ahead.

  

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