During this years Sundance Film Festival, Disney’s Searchlight Pictures acquired the global rights to “Summer Of Soul” documentary about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival.
The film will be released in theaters on July 2nd and on the same day, it will be available to stream on Hulu. No international release date on Disney+ has yet be announced.
In 1969, during the same summer as Woodstock, a different music festival took place 100 miles away. More than 300,000 people attended the summer concert series known as the Harlem Cultural Festival. It was filmed, but after that summer, the footage sat in a basement for 50 years. It has never been seen. Until now.
Summer Of Soul is a stunning unearthed treasure destined to become a pillar of American music and African American history. In his striking debut as a filmmaker, the legendary musician Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents this transporting documentary—part concert film, part historical record—about an epic event that radiated the wholesale reevaluation of Black history, culture, fashion, and music. This rich tapestry deftly incorporates an unforgettable musical revue that includes many rare gems, such as a Stevie Wonder drum solo and a duet between Mahalia Jackson and Mavis Staples. 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.
The duel streaming and theatrical release follows Searchlight Pictures “Nomadland”, which was released in February in cinemas and on Hulu in the United States. “Nomadland” is debuting on Disney+ in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom this month.
Are you looking forward to seeing “Summer Of Soul”?