Questlove’s Documentary ‘Summer of Soul’ Sprints From Sundance & the Big Screen to a Broadcast Television….and The Winner of the 2022 Oscar for Documentary (Feature)!




‘Summer of Soul’ image released by Sundance; Sly Stone (Sly and the Family Stone) Mt Morris Park, Harlem

Where were you in 1969?  If you were in Harlem, chances are you were either in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park) or heard about the Harlem Cultural Festival ~ a summer of free outdoor concerts held on Sunday.

Read a Behind the Scenes article about the archivist who saved the historic footage.

Interview of Questlove by PBS NewsHour in Marcus Garvey Park for Canvas.

Behind the Summer of Soul, a panel discussion, will take place on November 11, 2021 at Museum of the City of New York.

Digital and DVD Release Date set for February 8, 2022.

And now, a broadcast television premiere on ABC on Sunday, February 20th from 8:00 to 10:30pm.

Below, Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson, Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein accept The Oscar for Documentary (Feature) for SUMMER OF SOUL (…OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED) at Oscars 2022.

For fifty-years, archived video featuring much of the event with musical artists like Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, Mongo Santamaria, Mahalia Jackson and so many more, sat in a basement, untouched. It was the summer in the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., John Lindsay was Mayor, and taking place during another well-known concert, Woodstock. The concerts took place over six Sundays, and celebrated all kinds of music, spoken word ~ and even a prayer from Rev. Jesse Jackson. This historic event, where over 300,000 people spent their Sundays that summer, became the focus of Roots drummer, Amir ‘Questlove’ Thompson, who was compelled to tell this story as a documentary.

Enjoy the Summer of Soul Official Trailer, below!

Entitled Summer of Soul (….Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised), the documentary, was created from 40 hours of footage, and made its debut at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews, and awarded the U.S. Documentary Competition’s Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award!

Now, all who didn’t make it to Sundance, have finally received the news of a release date. Searchlight Pictures will release Summer of Soul (….Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) in theaters on July 2, 2021 and on the same day, the documentary will be available to stream on Hulu. The final cut runs 117 minutes. Oh, and by the way, Summer of Soul sold for more than $12 million, which is the largest price tag for a documentary in the festival’s history.

In addition, Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) will be part of the 2022 season of Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage, with a free outdoor screening on Friday, June 17, 2022 in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem.