AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY “MR. SOUL!” WILL OPEN ON AUGUST 28

BEFORE OPRAH,

BEFORE ARSENIO,

THERE WAS MR. SOUL!

OPENING AUGUST 28

IN THEATERS AND VIRTUAL CINEMAS

ACROSS THE NATION

SHOES IN THE BED PRODUCTIONS

PRESENTS

MR. SOUL!

WRITTEN, DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY MELISSA HAIZLIP

MUSIC COMPOSED BY ROBERT GLASPER

NARRATION WITH BLAIR UNDERWOOD

Before Oprah – before Arsenio – there was Mr. SOUL!  Ellis Haizlip makes television broadcast history with SOUL!, America’s first “black Tonight Show.”

Right on the heels of the Civil Rights Movement, one fearless black pioneer reignited a Harlem Renaissance for a new era, ushering giants and rising stars of Black American culture onto the national television stage. He was hip. He was smart. He was innovative, political and gay. In his personal fight for social equality, this man ensured the revolution would be televised. The man was Ellis Haizlip. The Revolution was SOUL! – an amazing weekly television show that aired on public television from 1968 – 1973 celebrating Black American culture, art, life and community and shared it with the nation via the airwaves.   

MR. SOUL! features music and a soundtrack that has audiences mesmerized, and is composed and performed by the Grammy® winning  Robert Glasper with vocals from Grammy® winning Lalah Hathway.  The film also features narration by acclaimed actor Blair Underwood who is also one of the film’s producers.

On the set of SOUL!, producer Stan Lathan stands with the cameraman filming a segment featuring Ellis Haizlip (host) with 
special guest filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles (Sweet Sweetback’s Baddass Song) in a scene from MR. SOUL! - A FILM BY MELISSA HAIZLIP - 
Courtesy of Shoes in the Bed Productions
On the set of SOUL!, producer Stan Lathan stands with the cameraman filming a segment featuring Ellis Haizlip (host) with
special guest filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles (Sweet Sweetback’s Baddass Song) in a scene from MR. SOUL! – A FILM BY MELISSA HAIZLIP –
Courtesy of Shoes in the Bed Productions

WINNER – Best Music Documentary – 2018 International Documentary Awards

WINNER – Audience Award, Best Feature – 2018 AFI DOCS

WINNER – Best Documentary Feature – 2019 Pan African Film Festival

World Premiere – 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

Official Selection – 2018 BFI London Film Festival

Official Selection – 2018 HotDocs Film Festival

Official Selection – 2018 LA Film Festival

Official Selection – 2019 True/False Film Fest + over 20 more Festivals

On the set of SOUL!, Host Ellils Haizlip (middle) is surrounded by members of the J.C. WHITE SINGERS after their moving performance 
in a scene from MR. SOUL! – A FILM BY MELISSA HAIZLIP.  Courtesy of Shoes in the Bed Productions
On the set of SOUL!, Host Ellils Haizlip (middle) is surrounded by members of the J.C. WHITE SINGERS after their moving performance 
in a scene from MR. SOUL! – A FILM BY MELISSA HAIZLIP.  Courtesy of Shoes in the Bed Productions

Featuring rare live performances and interviews from the legendary Al Green, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, Sidney Poitier, Cicely Tyson, James Baldwin, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, Ashford and Simpson, Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes, Billy Preston, Black Ivory, The Delfonics, Bill Withers, Nikki Giovanni, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Sonia Sanchez, The Last Poets, Wilson Pickett, Odetta, Merry Clayton, Mandrill, Kool and the Gang, Toni Morrison, Kathleen Cleaver, Betty Shabazz, Stokely Carmichael, Mrs. George Jackson, George Faison, Patti Labelle and many more, the film  MR. SOUL! is directed and produced by Melissa Haizlip featuring music composed by Grammy® winning musician/composer Robert Glasper with narration by Blair Underwood – one of the film’s producers.

SOUL! was among the first national show to provide expanded images of African Americans on television, shifting the gaze from inner-city poverty and violence to the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. With participants’ recollections and a bevy of great archival clips, MR. SOUL! captures a critical moment in our nation’s cultural rise and whose impact continues to resonate. 

“Revives An Extraordinary, Revolutionary Piece Of Black History”
– Forbes

“A rich and illuminating piece of cultural history”

– The Hollywood Reporter

“A fascinating film”
– Time Out New York

“MR. SOUL! chronicles Haizlip’s journey ensuring
the revolution would be televised.”
– Deadline Hollywood

Legendary Grammy® winning songwriters/musicians Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford make their first ever television performance on SOUL! 
in a scene from MR. SOUL! – A FILM BY MELISSA HAIZLIP
Courtesy of Shoes in the Bed Productions


AWARDS AND FILM FESTIVAL HISTORY:
MR. SOUL! 
premiered at TRIBECA 2018 where audiences embraced the film and went on to win a number of awards on the festival circuit playing over 30 film festivals including HOT DOCS, AFI Docs, BFI London, Woodstock Film Fest, Pan African Film Festival, Urban World, Los Angeles Film Festival and more.  The film has won over 17 awards including the International Documentary Association (IDA) Best Music Documentary; the Library of Congress Lavine-Ken Burns Film Award Finalist Prize; AFI Docs Audience Award; Woodstock Best Documentary; and many more.

On TV show SOUL!, Ellis Haizlip interviews author and playwright Amir Baraka on SOUL! in a scene from the film MR. SOUL! – A FILM BY MELISSA HAIZLIP Courtesy of Shoes in the Bed Productions

As of this date, MR. SOUL!  will open in virtual cinemas in the following partnering theaters and cities on August 28 (with more to come):

PARTNERING CINEMAS – VIRTUALCITIES
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSEAUSTIN
BERKELEY ART MUSEUM/PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVEBERKELEY
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSEBROOKLYN
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSECHARLOTTESVILLE
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSECORPUS CHRISTI
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSEDALLAS/FORT WORTH
THE NEONDAYTON
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSEDENVER
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSEEL PASO
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSEHOUSTON
HEARTLAND FESTIVALINDIANAPOLIS
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSEKANSAS CITY
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSELAREDO
LAEMMLE CINEMASLOS ANGELES
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSELUBBOCK
INDIE MEMPHIS FESTIVALMEMPHIS
O CINEMAMIAMI
MAYSLES CINEMANEW YORK
IMAGENATION-SOL CINEMANEW YORK
BLACK DOC COLLECTIVENEW YORK
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSEPHOENIX
PORTLAND ART MUSEUMPORTLAND, ME
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSESAN ANTONIO
ROXIE CINEMASAN FRANCISCO
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSESAN FRANCISCO
SMITH RAFAELSAN RAFAEL
SIFF FILM CENTERSEATTLE
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSESPRINGFIELD
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSETWIN CITIES
AFI SILVERWASHINGTON DC/SILVER SPRINGS
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSEWINCHESTER
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSEYONKERS

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