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“A BREATHTAKING CHRONICLE OF BLACK CULTURE

IN A PIVOTAL MOMENT”
– Eric Deggans, NPR



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The Powerful and Transporting Documentary

Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Arrives on Digital and DVD February 8



Includes Exclusive Director Audio Commentary



LOS ANGELES, CA (January 13, 2022)
– In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and Summer of Soul stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. Add Summer of Soul to your movie collection on Digital and DVD February 8.



Summer of Soul premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. The acclaimed documentary has won the AFI Special Award and continues to sweep critics groups across the nation, including 6 wins at the Critics Choice Awards, and Best Documentary awards with NBR and LAFCA. The film is also nominated for the PGA and Spirit Awards.



It is streaming on Hulu in conjunction with Disney General Entertainment’s Onyx Collective; Searchlight Pictures released it theatrically.



Film Synopsis

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. 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 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 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.



Bonus Features*


  • Audio Commentary – View the film with audio commentary by director Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson.
  • Soul Searching – A behind-the-scenes look at Summer of Soul. We’ll learn about where the footage from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival has been, how it was uncovered, and why director Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson decided to tell this story now.
  • Harlem: Then & Now – We revisit Mount Morris Park, location of the Harlem Cultural Festival. We learn how the neighborhood was a crossroads of culture and precarious politics and explore why Summer of Soulis so relevant during this present time of great political upheaval.


*bonus features vary by product and retailer



Directed by


Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson



Produced by

Joseph Patel p.g.a.

Robert Fyvolent p.g.a.

David Dinerstein p.g.a.



Executive Producers

Jen Isaacson

Jon Kamen

Dave Sirulnick

Jody Allen

Ruth Johnston

Rocky Collins

Jannat Gargi

Beth Hubbard

Davis Guggenheim

Laurene Powell Jobs

Jeffrey Lurie

Marie Therese Guirgis

David Barse

Ron Eisenberg

Sheila C. Johnson

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson



Music Supervisor

Randall Poster



Edited by

Joshua L. Pearson



Director of Photography

Shawn Peters



Product Specifications

Street Date


Digital: February 8, 2022

Physical: February 8, 2022



Product SKUs

Digital: 4K SDR, HD, SD

Physical: DVD



Feature Run Time


Approx. 118 Minutes



Rating


U.S. Rated PG-13

* For disturbing images, smoking and brief drug material.



Aspect Ratio


Digital: 1.78:1

Physical: 1.85:1



U.S. Audio

DVD: English 5.1 Dolby, English 2.0 Dolby, English AD 2.0 Dolby

Digital: English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)



U.S. Subtitles


DVD: English, English SDH, Spanish, French

Digital: English SDH, French, Spanish (some platforms)
 

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I saw this the first day it debuted on Hulu. It is a thoroughly engrossing documentary with phenomenal music performances. I cannot wait to purchase this on day one of its release and put it right next to my Warner Brothers' Wattstax DVD on the shelf.
 

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I saw this the first day it debuted on Hulu. It is a thoroughly engrossing documentary with phenomenal music performances. I cannot wait to purchase this on day one of its release and put it right next to my Warner Brothers' Wattstax DVD on the shelf.
Both are a slice of time...with some real Soul and Funk!!! Great stuff!!
 

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