Indie Lens Pop-Up Presents Mr. SOUL!

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February 19, 2021
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Before Oprah and Arsenio, there was Mr. SOUL! From 1968 into 1973, the public television variety show SOUL! offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics, capturing a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate today.

Join audiences nationwide on Friday, February 19, 2021, at 3:00 pm PT / 6:00 pm ET for a virtual Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of Mr. SOUL! followed by a series of live performances!


This event is hosted by Indie Lens Pop-Up, Black Public Media, and The WNET Group, in collaboration with Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College, Arizona Public Media, Bud Werner Memorial Library, Charitable Film Network, City of Mesa, Durango Public Library, Gary International Black Film Festival, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Global Peace Film Festival, Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking, Kansas City Public Library, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Panhandle PBS, PBS Hawai‘i, Pickford Film Center, Project Humanities, Red River Theatres, Tillotson Center, Upstate Films Ltd., WSIU Public Broadcasting, and Yale Film Archive.

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Filmmaker Introduction

Filmmaker Melissa Hazlip introduces Mr. SOUL!

Mr. SOUL! - Indie Lens Pop Up

In 1968, producer Ellis Haizlip developed a new show aimed at Black audiences, one that used the familiar variety-show format to display and celebrate the breadth of Black culture. For five years, the public television series SOUL! highlighted Black literature, music, and politics, and often paired guests in unexpected juxtapositions that gave them an opportunity to shine in unique ways.

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    Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for virtual film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS's Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics and social issues, to family and community relationships.

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    Tongo Eisen-Martin


    Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker, and educator. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His book titled, "Someone's Dead Already" was nominated for a California Book Award. His latest book "Heaven Is All Goodbyes" was published by the City Lights Pocket Poets series, was shortlisted for the Griffins Poetry Prize and won a California Book Award and an American Book Award. His forthcoming book “Blood On The Fog” is being released this fall in the City Lights Pocket Poets series. He is San Francisco’s eighth poet laureate.

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    Denise A. Greene


    Denise A. Greene is an Emmy and Peabody award-winner with producing and directing credits on a range of projects such a tribute video for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in honor of esteemed filmmaker, Charles Burnett, NY Times-Op Doc: When Music Turns Deadly (Orlando Bagwell, dir), Free Angela & All Political Prisoners (Shola Lynch, dir) and Pioneers of Thirteen, Blackside series, I’ll Make Me A World , and Blackside’s Malcolm X: Make it Plain. Alongside her independent film projects, Denise joined Black Public Media (then known as NBPC) as the Director of the New Media Institute, an extensive program training professional filmmakers in the latest digital technologies. Preceding her documentary career, Denise started in children’s programming working in Casting and as a Senior Researcher for Sesame Street. Her most recent recognition in children’s programming includes a Parents’ Choice Award for her Nick Jr. Black History Month interstitial. Denise is thrilled to return to Black Public Media to direct funding and training initiatives such as 360 Incubator+

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    Melissa Haizlip


    Melissa Haizlip (Producer, Director, Writer) is an award-winning filmmaker whose work responds to pressing social issues at the intersection of racial justice, social justice, activism, and representation. In addition to Mr. SOUL!, Haizlip directed and produced Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop and produced You’re Dead to Me (2013) directed by Wu Tsang, about a grieving Chicana mother coming to terms with the loss of her transgender child on Día de los Muertos. Melissa is currently co-executive producing a docu-series for Netflix, about the history of Black womanhood in America, explored through the lens of women in hip-hop, their lives, and their music.

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