Thursday, February 21st, 6:30pm
Melissa Haizlip, Samuel D. Pollard, 2018, 115 min.
From 1968 to 1973, the public-television variety show SOUL!, guided by the enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of black literature, poetry, music, and politics—voices that had few other options for national exposure, and, as a result, found the program an improbable place to call home. The groundbreaking PBS series 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.
Q&A with director Melissa Haizlip to follow screening. Other panelists include Sade Lythcott (CEO, The National Black Theater), Carmen de Lavallade (actor, dancer and choreographer), Black Ivory (Harlem’s own classic R&B/Soul trio), and Blair Underwood (actor, film narrator).
The Apollo Theater
253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027