Screening date: Fri. November 16, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Trylon Cinema
Cost: $12 in advance / $14 at the door
Category: MN Premier
Run Time/Year/Country: 115 min, 2018, USA
Director: Melissa Haizlip
Sponsored by 89.3 The Current, Twin Cities Gay Scene, FilmNorth, Twin Cities Black Film Festival
Robyne Robinson will be hosting a post screening Q&A with director Melissa Haizlip
Before Oprah, Before Arsenio, there was Mr. SOUL! Ellis Haizlip makes television broadcast history with SOUL!, America's first "black Tonight Show." Featuring archive footage of James Baldwin, Sidney Poitier, Patti LaBelle, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Harry Belafonte, Nikki Giovanni, among others.
From 1968 to 1973, the public-television variety show SOUL!, guided by the enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of black literature, poetry, music, and politics—voices that had few other options for national exposure, and, as a result, found the program an improbable place to call home. With participants’ recollections and a bevy of great archival clips, “Mr. Soul!” captures a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate.