SUMMER OF SOUL

Rating: PG
Length: 117 mins
Cast: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chris Rock, Stevie Wonder

A hundred miles south of Woodstock, some of the biggest names in blues, gospel and soul – including Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, BB King and Mahalia Jackson – prepare to take the stage. It’s 1969, the year of the Manson murders, the moon landing and the third Harlem Cultural Festival, which brought almost 300,000 people to upper Manhattan’s Morrison Park. The concert series, held over a series of weekends, was filmed by Hal Tulchin, yet his footage of this history-making event remained locked in a basement for 50 years … until now.

“A song isn’t just a song. It can capture a moment in time. It will tell you a story, if you look close enough. The story of “Summer of Soul” is my voice.” – Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

“Deftly interweaving incredible live footage with a series of revealing interviews, Summer of Soul captures the spirit and context of a watershed moment while tying it firmly to the present.” – Rotten Tomatoes.

“Politics, music, fashion, history, religion – this is one of those super-smart cultural documentaries that has entry points from all sides.” – Hollywood Reporter.

“Summer of Soul” stirringly captures the moment when a sea of people in Harlem heard a grand series of voices and said, Yes.” – Variety.

“[Thompson’s] respect and enthusiasm for the material jumps off the screen.” – Los Angeles Times.

“Politics, music, fashion, history, religion – this is one of those super-smart cultural documentaries that has entry points from all sides.” – Time Out

Official Trailer