Questlove's first foray into directing is The Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) a documentary that won both the audience and grand jury prize in the U.S. documentary section at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.
“It has always been a dream of mine to direct films and telling this story has truly been an amazing experience,” he said. “I am overwhelmed and honored by the reception the film is receiving and want to give special thanks to Sundance, and my production partners: Radical Media, Vulcan Productions, Concordia, Play/Action Pictures and LarryBilly Productions.”
Summer of Soul documents the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, dubbed the “Black Woodstock,” which features musical legends Stevie Wonder, the Staples Singers, B.B. King, Nina Simone and Sly and the Family Stone.
“I was thinking in a more seasoned director’s hands, this could change someone’s life,” he said. “I knew I was watching something special. But I got over my fear. I often will go through impostor syndrome. I realized now it’s my chance to change someone’s life and tell a story that was almost erased.”
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