Music

Questlove’s ‘Summer of Soul’ Sets New Record for Documentary Sale at Sundance

Summer of Soul has been acquired for streaming in the largest sale of a documentary in Sundance history.

After winning the top prizes at Sundance Film Festival earlier this week, Questlove‘s Summer of Soul documentary has been picked up for streaming by Hulu.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Roots drummer’s directorial debut 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.

Summer of Soul (…Or When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised,) premiered at Sundance last week to rave reviews. It took home the U.S Grand Jury Prize for documentaries along with the Audience Award at this year’s festival. The film stitches together more than 40 hours of previously unseen footage from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, which includes performances from Nina Simone, B.B. King, Mavis Staples, Sly & The Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, and more.

“I’m so honored to be allowed to manifest my dreams after all this time,” Questlove said in a statement. “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,” the director adds. “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,” says Tara Duncan, President of Disney’s Freeform network and leader of the company’s BIPOC creator initiative.

Dates for the streaming and theatrical releases of Summer of Soul have yet to be announced. But it shouldn’t be long now. Stay tuned for updates on the film’s big and small screen debuts in the weeks and months ahead.

Watch Questlove discuss the project in the clip below.

zo

Zo is a staff writer at Okayplayer where he covers music.

Share
Published by
zo

Recent Posts

Memphis Police Releases Bodycam Footage of Deadly Tyre Nichols Beating

The city of Memphis has released four videos showing the beating that killed Tyre Nichols… Read More

January 27, 2023

Best Songs of The Week: ft. Kari Faux, Lil Yachty and More

The Round-Up is Okayplayer’s weekly playlist of the best songs in the worlds of hip-hop… Read More

January 27, 2023

‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Family Guy’ and ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Gets Extension for Two Additional Seasons

Fox has given two-season renewals to animated favorites The Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob's Burgers… Read More

January 27, 2023

Consequence Says He’s ‘Disgusted’ With Pusha T Cutting Ties With Kanye West

In an interview with The Art of Dialogue, longtime G.O.O.D. Music act Consequence accused Pusha… Read More

January 27, 2023

A Book On Erykah Badu Album ‘New Amerykah Part Two’ Is Coming in 2024

Written by Karmeryn Alexa Carter, a book on 2020 Erykah Badu album New Amerykah Part Two… Read More

January 27, 2023

7 New Hip-Hop & Neo-Soul Albums You Should Be Listening To (Week of January 27)

Styles P and Lil Yachty have dropped projects on this New Music Friday. Additional releases… Read More

January 27, 2023