Buy your film tickets now! Then reserve your free tickets to join us for a rare, star-studded, live online talkback on August 30th, celebrating the opening weekend of MR. SOUL! in virtual cinemas!
On Sunday, August 30th at 4:00PM PST / 7:00 PM EST, join filmmaker Melissa Haizlip, award-winning poet and activist Nikki Giovanni, composer and Grammy® winner Robert Glasper, Grammy® and Daytime Emmy® winner and Executive Producer Blair Underwood, The Last Poets, R&B group Black Ivory, and from The Last Poets and Young Lords, Felipe Luciano for the special virtual conversation. More special guests to be announced shortly!
From 1968 to 1973, the public-television variety show SOUL!, guided by the enigmatic gay producer and host Ellis Haizlip was among the first to provide expanded images of African Americans on television, shifting the gaze from inner- city poverty and violence to the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. With participants’ recollections and a bevy of great archival clips, Mr. SOUL! captures a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate.
By 1973, Haizlip had produced over 130 hour-long shows featuring a dazzling array of A-list guests featuring rare live performances and interviews from the legendary Al Green, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Cicely Tyson, James Baldwin, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Ashford and Simpson, Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes, Billy Preston, Black Ivory, The Delfonics, Bill Withers, Nikki Giovanni, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Sonia Sanchez, The Last Poets, Wilson Pickett, Odetta, Merry Clayton, Mandrill, Kool & the Gang, Toni Morrison, Kathleen Cleaver, Betty Shabazz, Stokely Carmichael, Rev. Louis Farrakhan, Mrs. George Jackson, George Faison, Patti LaBelle, Roberta Flack, and many more.