The Fillmore in Charlotte with host a free screening of Questlove’s documentary Summer of Soul, examining the events of the Harlem Cultural Festival– unjustly nicknamed as the “Black Woodstock”– that took place in the summer of 1969. The screening will be followed by a livestream concert from New York honoring the Harlem Cultural Festival.
Over the span of six weeks, 300,000 people gathered at Harlem’s Mount Morris Park to commune, sing, and dance to the grooves and lyrics of Stevie Wonder, Sly and the Family Stone, Gladys Knight, Nina Simone, B.B. King, Mahalia Jackson, and more.
Completed during the pandemic, Summer of Soul opened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film amassed rave reviews and won both the grand jury prize and audience award in the documentary categories. The Sundance darling was also acquired by Disney’s Searchlight Pictures for more than $12 million, marking the biggest price tag for any documentary in the festival’s history.
Summer of Soul (…Or When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) will be released both theatrically and on Hulu July 2.