Summer of Soul

Summer of Soul Movie Review 2021, Production and Release.

Summer of Soul is an American documentary film of 2921 that was directed by Ahmir Khalib Thompson (Questlove). Concerning the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival.

Summer of Soul premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival in January 2021.

Summer of Soul


It also had its world premiere on the 28th of January 2021 at the Sundance Film Festival of 2021.

The movie is scheduled to be released on the 2nd of July, 2021. In the United States of America by Hulu and Searchlight Pictures.

Director: Questlove
Producer(s): Robert Fyvolent, David Dinerstein, Joseph Patel
Cinematographer: Shawn Peters
Starring: Stevie Wonder
Edited: Joshua L. Pearson
DIstributors: Hulu, Searchlight Pictures
Production companies: Concordia Studio, Mass Distraction Media, LarryBilly Productions, Vulcan productions, RadicalMedia
Language: English
Country: United States
Running Time: 117 minutes
Release Date: 2nd of July, 2021.


The documentary of this film examines the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. And this was being held at Mount Morris Park in Harlem. Which is now Marcus Garvey Park and it lasted for 6 weeks.

Despite the fact of having a very wide attendance and performers. Just like The 5th Dimension, Stevie Wonder, Sly, and the Family Stone, and Gladys Knights & the Pips.

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The festival was seen as doubtful in pop culture, and this is something that the documentarians look into.

Summer of Soul Production

The footage of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival was shot and placed later in a basement. Where it stayed for close to 50 years without it being published.

Robert Fyvolent, the producer got to know about the footage. And later gained film and television rights to the footage from Hal Tulchin, its original producer.

Thompson was so surprised seeing the footage sit for up to 50 years. As music had a very huge impact on his life and development as well.

It stated:

“What would have happened if this was allowed a set at the table? How, much of a difference would that have made in my life? That was the moment that extinguished any doubt I had that I could do this.”

Summer of Soul Release Date

Summer of Soul Movie 2021 premiered on the 28th of January, 2021 at the Sundance Film Festival. There it won the Grand jury Prize and Audience Award in the US Documentary Competition.

Also, the film was gained by Hulu and Searchlight Pictures. And it is set to be released in theaters. And on Hulu on the 2nd of July 2021 in the United States of America.

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Summer of Soul is set to be distributed worldwide in theaters. And via Disney below the Star content hub and the Star+ as well later in 2021.

On the 22nd of April 2021, it was made clear that Questlove would release the very first trailer for the film during the 93rd Academy Awards. For which he was the music director.


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