A new Summer of Soul teaser trailer offers a first look at Roots drummer Questlove’s directorial debut. 1969 is remembered as the year of Woodstock, but that summer actually featured another massive musical event, the Harlem Cultural Festival. Staged over six weeks, the Harlem festival starred an amazing array of legendary acts including Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King and The 5th Dimension among others. But despite the heavyweight talent involved, history largely forgot the Harlem festival and the amazing footage that was shot there (while the footage shot at Woodstock of course was made into a groundbreaking and Oscar-winning documentary).
Now over fifty years after the event first-time director Questlove has used that forgotten Harlem Cultural Festival footage to create a movie that’s part concert film and part historical record. Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) originally debuted at Sundance in January, going on to claim both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. With Hulu now set to release the film to audiences, a teaser trailer for Summer of Soul from Searchlight Pictures arrived during last night’s Oscars, where Questlove acted as musical director and quiz-master. See the exciting clip in the space below:
The synopsis for the movie reads in part: “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.” Summer of Soul arrives in theaters and on Hulu on July 2, 2021.
Source: Searchlight Pictures