Shadow and Act has an exclusive clip from Hulu and Searchlight’s upcoming Questlove-directed doc, Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised). The film debuted to critical acclaim at Sundance 2021. It won the festival’s Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival for documentaries.
Here’s the film’s official description: 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.
Watch an exclusive clip from the film below, featuring Gladys Knight & The Pips, as well as commentary from Knight herself the clip below:
The film will be releaesd theatrically by Searchlight Pictures and will begin streaming on Hulu in the U.S. on July 2, 2021. It will also stream internationally through the Star offering on Disney+ on a date to be confirmed.
You can check out photos from the Summer of Soul Juneteenth celebration in New York below as well. The live concert event featured performances from Gladys Knight, co-founders and vocalists of the original 5th Dimension, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. and a 45-minute DJ set by Questlove. It took place in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park.