Watch the First Trailer for Questlove’s ‘Summer of Soul’ Documentary

Summer of Soul. the debut jawn from Questlove, will be released in theaters and Hulu in July.

The first trailer for Questlove’s directorial debut, Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), has just been released. The documentary, which covers the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, includes performances from Nina Simone, B.B. King, Mavis Staples, Sly & The Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, and more.

The film, which stitches together more than 40 hours of previously unseen footage, won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance.

In February, the film was scooped by Searchlight and Hulu in the highest sale of a documentary in the film festival’s history. The price wasn’t revealed, but the previous record-setting sale was in 2019 when Apple acquired Boys State for $12 million.

In statement from Questlove, The Roots frontman said:

“I’m so honored to be allowed to manifest my dreams after all this time… This is truly an honor. Summer Of Soul is a passion project and to have it resonate with so many people on so many levels has been incredibly rewarding.”

Tara Duncan, President of Disney’s Freeform network and leader of the company’s BIPOC creator initiative, added: “It’s rare to find a film that captures the breadth of the Black American experience and also makes you want to dance, testify and sing out loud.”

The film is set to be released  on July 2, 2021 in theaters and on Hulu. Check out the first trailer for Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) below. 

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