Mr. SOUL! Premiere Kickback guest host Amanda Seales + Watch Film via DBFF Virtual Cinema
BEFORE OPRAH, BEFORE ARSENIO..
DIRECTED BY MELISSA HAIZLIP, HER AWARD WINNING FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
AUGUST 25, 2020, NEW YORK – Comedian/Actress/
The distributors Shoes In The Bed Productions and Open Your Eyes & Think MF will present a star-filled celebration/dialogue on Sunday, August 30th at 4PM PT/7PM ET online featuring:
Filmmaker Melissa Haizlip;
“Our Mr. SOUL! PREMIERE KICKBACK will be just like a re-creation of the SOUL! show for a new audience, with these amazing guests in conversation with Amanda Seales. Amanda will moderate a conversation with both artists from the film and the original series, to talk about the cultural impact of SOUL! and its special guests, like James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni, and the legacy of Ellis Haizlip and SOUL! for a millennial audience,” says the film’s director Melissa Haizlip. “Every week on SOUL!, Ellis 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, and as our nation is on the eve of a great racial reckoning, Ellis’ 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. I am so looking forward to this kickback with these artists and leaders.”
Tickets to the Mr. SOUL! PREMIERE KICKBACK are part of the opening weekend ticket package. When you buy a ticket to the film for this weekend, you will get a code for tickets to this special online gathering. Log on to the website – www.mrsoulmovie.com; select the “screenings” tab; then choose the theater you want to support [MR.SOUL! at Denton Black Film Festival] , and purchase your ticket. Once you purchase your ticket you have seven days to activate the link and 72 hours to watch the film. You will also be given a code to attend the Mr. SOUL! PREMIERE KICKBACK.
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.
Mr. SOUL! is directed, written and produced by Melissa Haizlip, featuring music composed and performed by Grammy® winning musician/composer Robert Glasper, with the voice of Ellis Haizlip by Grammy® / Emmy® winner Blair Underwood – one of the film’s Executive Producers. The virtual cinema release run is presented together by Shoes In The Bed Productions and Open Your Eyes & Think MF.
More information is available on the website: www.mrsoulmovie.com. More events will be announced this week through the film’s website, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages at @mrsoulthemovie and the hashtags #mrsoulthemovie, #ellishaizlip and #virtualrelease
Support African-American student scholarships and the Denton Black Film Festival by purchasing tickets via DBFF Virtual Cinema!
Pre-order available until release on August 28th