February 16, 2021
6:30pm Central Time
 02/16/2021 06:30:00 pm02/16/2021 07:30:00 pmAmerica/ChicagoMr. SOUL!We are very excited to host this screening of Mr. SOUL! We have some special guests for our screening. Puentedavid@circlecinema.comfalseMM/DD/YYYY

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We are very excited to host this screening of Mr. SOUL! We have some special guests for our screening.

Video Descriptions

“Mr. Soul!” (Trailer)

From 1968 to 1973, the PBS variety show “Soul!” offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics—voices that had few other options for national exposure. The vibrant documentary “Mr. Soul!” captures the way producer and host Ellis Haizlip revolutionized television during a critical moment in U.S. history.

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Filmmaker Introduction

Filmmaker Melissa Hazlip introduces Mr. SOUL!

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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.

150 minutes


  • Gitzel Puente


  • Gitzel Puente

    OUR SERIES MODERATOR - Gitzel Puente is a City of Tulsa employee in the Communications Department. She recently transitioned from journalism to government work after spending five years with NBC local affiliate KJRH.

  • Melissa Haizlip

    Melissa Haizlip is a filmmaker born in Boston and raised in the US Virgin Islands, Connecticut and New York. She is a Chaz and Roger Ebert Producing Fellow, and an alumna of Film Independent's Project Involve, Firelight Media Documentary Lab and the PGA Diversity Workshop. Melissa attended Yale University.

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