Review: Questlove’s “SUMMER OF SOUL (…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

This film is Questlove's directorial debut

The same summer that a largely white, middle- and upper-class group of students descended upon Woodstock, N.Y. for a mammoth concert like no other the Harlem Cultural Festival was taking place in Mount Morris Park in Harlem. That little attention was paid to these equally splendid affairs is sadly understood given that it was a black audience and black artists. Thankfully, the lost footage of that ... more >

SUNDANCE: “Summer of Soul (… Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”

Harlem Cultural Festival, 1969: where were you when?
From our 2021 Sundance Film Festival coverage

“Harlem was Heaven to us. It was a place where I was safe, happy, and made lifelong friends... to us, Harlem was Camelot.” -Festival attendee The Harlem Cultural Festival in the Summer of 1969. A free concert attended by over 300,000 people. The great Stevie Wonder takes the stage on a rainy afternoon. After singing a while, Wonder takes to the drums and the music is used to powerfully ... more >