Summer of Soul Wednesday, February 2 at the Ridgefield Playhouse at 7:30 p.m.
Exclusive Summer of Soul content will consist of an interview with Grammy Award-winning Florence LaRue, original member and lead singer of The 5th Dimension, conducted by entertainment journalist Cheryl Washington and can be seen after the screening at the theater or on our YouTube channel after the screening date.
In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and moving documentary, part musical film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated history, culture and black fashion. Over six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, the Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed at Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The images have been largely forgotten – until now. SUMMER OF SOUL highlights the importance of history for our spiritual well-being and testifies to the healing power of music in times of trouble, past and present. The feature includes concerts from Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, BB King, The 5th Dimension and more.
SUMMER OF SOUL premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Prize. It airs on Hulu in conjunction with Disney General Entertainment’s Onyx Collective; Searchlight Pictures released it theatrically.
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