Community Film Picks: Summer of Soul
Fri, Jan 20, 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

RECEPTION / PARTY, SCREENING

As part of Community Film Picks, Bushel is excited to heat things up with a screening of Summer of Soul (2021), directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. Doors open at 6:45 pm; screening begins at 7 pm; with a DJ set 9–10:30 pm. This program is free to attend. Registration is recommended, as there is limited seating (30 max). Masks are optional; please remain home if you are feeling ill or have Covid symptoms.

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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. Summer of Soul 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 & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension, and more. Summer of Soul premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award.

Many thanks to Christina Hunt Wood for picking this film! Wood is a visual artist and Bushel collective member. She’s a local gal and self-described “opinionated sugar plum” who loves to hike, bike, and run.

 


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