Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival - St. Paul

Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 8:30pm

Como Lakeside Pavilion
1360 North Lexington Parkway
Saint Paul, MN 55117

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The MSP Film Society is celebrating the 40th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. The new, hybrid format will combine virtual events with an array of outdoor screenings in both Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Doors: 7:00pm | Program Starts: 8:30pm

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 Marcus Garvey Park. The footage was never seen and 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 never-before-seen concert performances by B.B. King, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Stevie Wonder and more.

Summer of Soul premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. It will stream on Hulu in conjunction with Disney’s new BIPOC Creator Initiative; Searchlight Pictures will release it theatrically.

Director: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
Runtime: 117 min

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