Summer of Soul: Sundance Film Fest 2021


Summer of Soul
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Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s Summer of Soul digs into forgotten footage from a series of concerts in Harlem–sort of the Black Woodstock.

TV producer-director Hal Tulchin chronicled the Harlem Cultural Festival over six weekends in the summer of 1969.

It showcased dozen acts, such as Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln, B.B. King, Gladys Night and the Pips, The Staple Singers, Sly and the Family Stone.

The real Woodstock took place during the Harlem event’s penultimate weekend.

The local CBS station aired a few highlights, but the networks showed no interest in Tulchin’s assemblage.


A longer version will be published later.