In 30 years of work, Questlove has done everything in the world of entertainment from contributing to classic albums to performing on late-night television. His latest incredible accomplishment was serving as the music director for the 93rd Academy Awards. Through this role, he was able to introduce a new “Name That Tune” segment to the prestigious award show. More importantly, he used this incredible platform to debut the first teaser for his upcoming documentary, Summer of Soul.
“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 Mount Morris Park,” the film’s description reads.
“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 Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Ray Baretto, Abbey Lincoln & Max Roach and more.”
Summer of Soul is set to hit to debut in Hulu and in theaters on July 2. For now, check out the first teaser below.