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Mr. SOUL!

  • 115 min
  • Buzz
  • English
  • USA
  • 2018
An exploration of the groundbreaking PBS television series SOUL!, the first nationally televised all-black variety show to be produced and hosted by an openly gay African-American.
About The Film

On the heels of the Civil Rights movement, from 1968 to 1973 SOUL! was the first nationally televised all-black variety/entertainment show to be produced and hosted by an openly gay African-American, Ellis Haizlip. At a time of deep racial turmoil, Haizlip gave radical voice to the struggles and successes of the black experience, ushering giants and rising stars of black American culture onto the national stage.

Directors Melissa Haizlip and Samuel Pollard skillfully utilize rare archival performances and new interviews with contemporary African-American icons to present a vivid portrait of this largely unknown yet enormously influential television series, and of the remarkable man who brought his personal vision of inclusion and social change to broadcast television.

-Drea Clark, Senior Programmer

Q&A with cast and crew will immediately follow this screening, schedules permitting.

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Directors
  • Melissa Haizlip
  • Samuel Pollard
Producer
  • Melissa Haizlip
  • Douglas Blush
Executive Producers
  • Blair Underwood
  • Chaz Ebert
Starring
  • Blair Underwood
  • Questlove
  • Harry Belafonte
  • Nikki Giovanni
  • Sonia Sanchez
Screenwriter
  • Melissa Haizlip
Production Company
  • Shoes In The Bed Productions, LLC
Cinematographer
  • Hans Charles
Editors
  • Giovanni P. Autran
  • Blair McClendon
  • Annukka Lilja
Participating Organization of the 2018 LA Film Festival
  • African Artists Association

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