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Questlove makes his directorial debut with the music documentary, SUMMER OF LOVE premiering on Hulu and in movie theaters July 2. Woodstock wasn't the only music festival in the summer of 1969. SUMMER OF LOVE relives the Harlem Cultural Festival which took place just one hundred miles away featuring artists like Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips and others.

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson has added director and producer to his impressive career. In SUMMER OF LOVE, he explores the significance of the Harlem Cultural Festival with never-before-seen footage from the concert and the historical context.

The documentary won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

Official Synopsis

Summer of Soul posterIn his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, 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 never seen and 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 never-before-seen 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.

SUMMER OF SOUL premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. It will stream on Hulu in conjunction with Disney General Entertainment’s BIPOC Creator Initiative; Searchlight Pictures will release it theatrically.


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