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Summer of soul (...or when the revolution could not be televised) [videorecording] / Hulu, Onyx Collective and Searchlight Pictures present ; a Vulcan Productions Inc. production ; in association with Concordia Studio, Play/Action Pictures, LarryBilly Productions ; produced by Mass Distraction Media and RadicalMedia ; produced by Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent, David Dinerstein ; directed by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson.

Patel, Joseph, (film producer.). Fyvolent, Robert, (film producer.). Dinerstein, David, (film producer.). Questlove, (film director.). Wonder, Stevie, (performer.). Simone, Nina, 1933-2003 (performer.). Jackson, Mahalia, 1911-1972 (performer.). King, B. B., (performer.). Sly & the Family Stone (Musical group), (performer.). Gladys Knight and the Pips, (performer.). 5th Dimension (Musical group), (performer.). Hulu (Firm), (presenter.). Onyx Collective, (presenter.). Searchlight Pictures, (presenter.). Vulcan Productions, (production company.). Concordia Studio, (production company.). Play/Action Pictures, (production company.). LarryBilly Productions, (production company.). Mass Distraction Media, (production company.). (Firm), (production company.). 20th Century Studios, (publisher.). Buena Vista Home Entertainment (Firm), (film distributor.).


In 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 largely forgotten, until now. This documentary 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 and the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension, and more.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9786318691598
  • ISBN: 6318691596
  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (approximately 118 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Publisher: [Los Angeles, CA] : 20th Century Studios, [2022]
  • Distributor: Burbank, CA : Buena Vista Home Entertainment.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 2021.
Special features: Audio commentary by director Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson ; Soul searching: a behind-the-scenes look ; Harlem: then & now.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Music supervisor, Randall Poster ; edited by Joshua L. Pearson ; director of photography, Shawn Peters.
Participant or Performer Note:
Featuring Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension.
Target Audience Note:
MPAA rating: PG-13; for some disturbing images, smoking and brief drug material.
System Details Note:
DVD, NTSC, region 1, widescreen (1.85:1) presentation, 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital, 2.0 described audio.
Language Note:
English dialogue ; French or Spanish subtitles ; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH) ; English described video.
Subject: Harlem Cultural Festival.
African Americans > Music > 20th century.
African Americans > Music > History.
African Americans > Social life and customs.
Popular music > 1961-1970.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) > Intellectual life > 20th century.
Genre: Documentary films.
Concert films.
Nonfiction films.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Video recordings for people with visual disabilities.

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  • 43 of 45 copies available at NC Cardinal. (Show)
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Fontana Regional Library.


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