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

Award winning director Melissa Haizlip released the brand new theatrical trailer for the award winning documentary “MR. SOUL!” The trailer features incredible scenes and footage from the much praised film.

MR. SOUL! which world premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, is slated to open over 50+ theaters in the virtual cinema space on August 28.

MR. SOUL! profiles Ellis Haizlip and his accomplishments as America’s first Black nighttime talk show host during the Civil Rights Movement/Black Power Movement from 1968 – 1973. In the time of the Black Power Movement and the Civil Rights Movement, one fearless Black pioneer ushered 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 incredibly unique weekly television show that aired on public television from 1968 – 1973 celebrating Black American culture, art, life, love and community and sharing it with households across the nation in their living rooms every week.

Featuring rare live performances and interviews from the legendary Al Green, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, Sidney Poitier, Cicely Tyson, James Baldwin, Nikki Giovanni, The Last Poets, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Ashford & Simpson, Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes, Billy Preston, Black Ivory, The Delfonics, Bill Withers, Sonia Sanchez, Wilson Pickett, Odetta, Merry Clayton, Mandrill, Kool & the Gang, Toni Morrison, Kathleen Cleaver, Betty Shabazz, Stokely Carmichael, Mrs. Georgia Jackson, George Faison, Patti LaBelle, Roberta Flack, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and many more, SOUL! was 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 rarely seen archival clips, MR. SOUL! captures that critical moment in our nation’s cultural rise, and whose impact continues to resonate across generations and cultures.

“We are so excited and proud to bring MR. SOUL! to everyone across America beginning August 28,” said filmmaker Melissa Haizlip. “Every week on the SOUL! show, Ellis Haizlip featured our nation’s cultural icons in front of and behind the camera, who then went on to become important cultural and artistic leaders in America. With the current ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, as our nation is on the eve of a great racial reckoning, Ellis Haizlip’s mission, his show and the artists he gave a platform to have become even more important now. That inspiration and that courage during that time period is a road map for our young leaders and the movement today. This will be great to share with everyone.”

As of this date, MR. SOUL! will open in virtual cinemas in the following 50+ partnering theaters and cities on August 28 (with more to come):

PARTNERING CINEMAS – VIRTUALCITIES
MICHIGAN THEATERANN ARBOR, MI
LEFONT FILM SOCIETY/VIRTUAL CINEMA ATLATLANTA, GA
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSEAUSTIN, TX
AUSTIN FILM SOCIETYAUSTIN, TX
BERKELEY ART MUSEUM/PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVEBERKELEY, CA
ROXBURY INT’L FILM FESTIVAL/ROX FILMBOSTON, MA
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSECHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
GENE SISKEL FILM CENTERCHICAGO, IL
CLEVELAND CINEMATHEQUECLEVELAND, OH
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSECORPUS CHRISTI, TX
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSEDALLAS/FORT WORTH, TX
THE NEONDAYTON, OH
DENTON BLACK FILM FESTIVALDENTON, TX
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSEDENVER, CO
CINEMA DETROITDETROIT, MI
CAROLINA THEATRE OF DURHAMDURHAM, NC
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSEEL PASO, TX
HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FFHONOLULU, HI
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSEHOUSTON, TX
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS HOUSTONHOUSTON, TX
HEARTLAND FESTINDIANAPOLIS, IN
GOLD TOWN THEATREJUNEAU, AK
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSEKANSAS CITY, MO
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSELAREDO, TX
LAEMMLE CINEMASLOS ANGELES, CA
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSELUBBOCK, TX
MEMPHIS INDIE FESTMEMPHIS, TN
O CINEMAMIAMI, FL
MSP FILM SOCIETYMINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN
BELCOURT THEATRENASHVILLE, TN
MAYSLES CINEMANEW YORK, NY
IMAGENATION’S SOL CINEMA CAFENEW YORK, NY
BLACK DOC COLLECTIVENEW YORK, NY
MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGENEW YORK, NY
SCHOMBURG MUSEUMNEW YORK, NY
STUDIO MUSEUMNEW YORK, NY
JACOB BURNS FILM CENTERPLESANTVILLE, NY
CINESPEAKPHILADELPHIA, PA
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSEPHOENIX, AZ
RANGOS GIANT CINEMA – CARNEGIEPITTSBURGH, PA
PORTLAND ART MUSEUMPORTLAND, ME
HOLLYWOOD THEATREPORTLAND, OR
STRAND THEATREROCKLAND, ME
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSESAN ANTONIO, TX
ROXIE CINEMASAN FRANCISCO, CA
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSESAN FRANCISCO, CA
BALBOA/VOGUESAN FRANCISCO, CA
SMITH RAFAELSAN RAFAEL, CA
SIFF FILM CENTERSEATTLE, WA
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSESPRINGFIELD, MO
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSETWIN CITIES, MN
AFI SILVERWASHINGTON DC/SILVER SPRINGS, MD
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSEWINCHESTER, VA
A/PERTURE CINEMAWINSTON SALEM, NC
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSEYONKERS, NY
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