Special Screening of Mr. SOUL!

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October 24, 2020
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Lincoln Park Music Festival 14.2 Virtual Global Soul

in conjunction with the People of Color International Film Festival

Saturday, October 24th | 4PM-10PM

Join us for a limited one night only screening of

Melissa Hazlip's award winning Mr. SOUL!

8PM-10PM followed by filmmaker Q&A.

About Lincoln Park Music Festival

Lincoln Park Music Festival 14.2 Virtual Global Soul is the digital edition of the annual Lincoln Park Music Festival (LPMF). The Lincoln Park Music Festival (LPMF) is the largest music experience rooted in traditions of the African American and Afro Caribbean diaspora in the tri-state region. Lincoln Park Music Festival Virtual Global Soul was launched during the global pandemic of 2020 to uplift and inspire in the arts community and supporters of the arts all around the world. www.LincolnParkMusicFestival.com

People of Color International Film Festival

Curated by Harlemwood Entertainment

People of Color International’s aim is to promote films worldwise about people who represent the terms “Black”, “Brown”, “Tan”, “Yellow” as well as marginalized people who may identify as a Person of Color. The curated films have a progressive perspective on cultures that are often stereotyped or overlooked in mainstream media.

Films will be screened Saturday, October 24th |

4PM-8PM at www.LincolnParkMusicFestival.com

Video Descriptions

Melissa Haizlip Intro for Mr. SOUL! at Lincoln Park Music Festival

Mr. SOUL! Lincoln Park Music Festival's Virtual Global Soul Event

Mr. SOUL! Q&A for Lincoln Park Music Festival 2020

150 minutes


  • Mr. SOUL!

    From 1968 to 1973, the public television variety show SOUL!, guided by the enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics—voices that had few other options for national exposure, and, as a result, found the program an improbable place to call home. The series was among the first 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 archival clips, Mr. SOUL! captures a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate.


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    Frank Hooker


    A graduate of City College of New York’s Undergraduate and Graduate Film Programs, Frank R. Hooker, Jr. has been at the cutting edge of guerilla filmmaking for over 20 years. As CEO of Harlemwood Entertainment, a multi-media company, he has amassed a large catalogue of work ranging from groundbreaking Documentaries (Plus Minus Black, Let’s Move, Underneath the Island Of Change, The Retreat, Timeless: The Amiri Baraka Story, Men’s Day The First Annual Newark Chess Club Citywide Competition, Reminisce, Grannies vs. War in Iraq, Out of the Mouth of Babes) to Narrative and Narrative Hybrid Films (Brother, The Coup, The Breakfast Club (2012), Powerless, True American Love, Arthurputer.com, Lickity Split, Watermelon) to genre breaking music (Soul Raunch). His work as a film educator has produced numerous protégé’s who have ascended in the craft, and have garnered awards through the NAACP ACTSO Nationwide/Statewide High School Arts and Sciences Competition, Tribeca Film Festival, and ECC Inter-Collegiate Film Festival. His themes, which focus on, social injustice, identity, pathos, and nobility in the face of ignorance, serve as templates to relate a multi-cultural society to their commonalities. His current educational work includes being a Curriculum Developer and Teaching Artist for Arts based programs like LEAP NYC, Tribeca Film Institute and Fiorello H. LaGuardia Performing and Fine Arts High School in New York City. He has been a Film and English Professor at Essex County College in Newark, NJ for several years. Frank is a Jury/Committee Member for Newark Black Film Festival, Newark International Film Festival, NAACP ACTSO Nationwide/Statewide High School Competition and Board Member and Director of Media for Newark Chess Club as well as Educational Media Director of Photography for Question Bridge: Black Males. Frank is the Event Documentarian for UFT/New York City Arts Teacher Association’s Annual Arts Conference (Artworks), and Annual African American Day Parade Breakfast Event hosted by Assemblyman Keith Wright. He has been instrumental in establishing film programs throughout New York and New Jersey and through his Curriculum Writing co-wrote the State of New Jersey’s Board of Education’s Film and Television Curriculum Standards while establishing a cutting edge Film and Television Department at Cicely Tyson Performing Art School in East Orange, NJ. Frank has also focused on government based Arts programs serving as a Curriculum Advisor/ Teaching Artist for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio backed, “Manhattan Youth Filmmaking Intensives” and Newark, NJ Mayor Ras Baraka backed “City of Newark Cultural Affairs and Recreation Center Arts programs. He currently is Co-Executive Director of People of Color International, a film-based cultural exchange.

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    Catherine Lenix Hooker


    Born in Camden, SC, raised in Washington, DC, Catherine Lenix Hooker was educated in the DC public schools. She received a BA degree from Howard University, majoring in English and minoring in History; and received an MLS degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. In 1999, she was selected to attend the prestigious Victorian Society of America’s Summer School, Newport, RI. In 1971 she was selected to develop and serve as the first Chief of the Black Studies Division for the Washington, DC Public Library which was housed in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (Central) Library. In 1977, she became the Director of Public Services for the Anaheim (CA) Public Library. From 1980- 1990 she served as the the Deputy Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY- and for two of those years, she served as the Acting Director of the Center. In 1990 she was selected to serve as the Executive Director of the City of Newark. NJ’s Krueger-Scott Mansion African American Cultural Center. Key public programming initiatives included numerous autographed book parties featuring personalities including Gordon Parks, Susan L. Taylor, Valerie Wilson Wesley and photographer Chester Higgins. She helped to support for burgeoning Black theatrical productions and developed the Kreuger-Scott Mansion Oral History Collection which includes over 140 individual oral histories documenting black life in Newark, NJ from 1910 - 1980. See www.kruegercottlibraries.rutgers.edu. From 2000 until retirement in September 2020, she served the City of Newark in various professional capacities including that of Acting Executive Director of its historic Newark Symphony Hall; Manager of the Division of Recreation and Cultural Affairs and as the Development Officer of Newark’s Watershed- 35,000 acres of land purchased by the City in the 1890’s to secure a clean water source located in West Milford, NJ which has mountains, lakes and reservoirs that trickle-down to supply water to Newark, as well as numerous municipalities in New Jersey. Currently she am the President of The Lenix Group and am a consultant to a Newark-based, development corporation. Catherine Lenix Hooker has served in numerous advisory and consultant roles including being a member of the 2006 strategic planning committee for the Smithsonian Institution’s National African-American Museum on the Mall and was the lead consultant for the Birmingham (Alabama) Civil Rights Museum. Publications include The Directory of Preservationists for African-American History, 1995 and “Afrocentrism: Hype or History?” Library Journal, November 1, 1992. Her curatorial and exhibition experiences include several at The Newark Public Library -“The Jewels; The History of the Prince Hall Masonry in New Jersey”; “The Pan-Hellenic Nine; African American Fraternities and Sororities” and “Black America on Stage”. Additionally, one of her papermaking artworks was included in the exhibition “June Tyler, 20 Years of Papermaking” at the Chenago Council of the Arts, Norwich, NY, 2006. Catherine Lenix Hooker has volunteered and has been engaged in community outreach activities for many decades and those activities include being a Trustee of the Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee, 1992- present; an Advisory Board member of the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural Development, Inc, ; Board Vice President of Habitat for Humanity Newark, NJ Chapter; Founding Member and Treasurer, Newark Jazz Festival; & (past) President Harlem Hospital Community Advisory Board, Harlem, NY. As a copy editor, she have edited numerous young adult biography books for the Silver Burdette Publishing Company as well as editing adult fiction and non-fiction books and publications for various authors. She am divorced and lives in downtown Newark, NJ. She has one son, Frank R. Hooker, Jr., a filmmaker and teacher, who resides in the Washington Heights section of New York, NY. She enjoy papermaking, container gardening and canning fruits and vegetables.

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    Melissa Haizlip


    MELISSA HAIZLIP (Producer | Director | Writer) is an award-winning filmmaker based in New York. Her work responds to pressing social issues at the intersection of racial justice, social justice, activism, and representation. Female transformation and empowerment are at the core of all of her ideas, with the goal being to advocate and amplify the voices of women and people of color. Melissa’s feature documentary, Mr. SOUL!, has been awarded a finalist for the 2019 inaugural Library of Congress Lavine / Ken Burns Prize for Film, a new, annual prize that recognizes a filmmaker whose documentary uses original research and compelling narrative to tell stories that touch on some aspect of American history. The film won Best Music Documentary at the 2018 International Documentary Association Awards. Mr. SOUL! premiered at Tribeca and screened at 50 festivals, receiving 16 Jury and Audience Awards for Best Documentary, and the 2019 FOCAL Award for Best Use of Archival Footage in an Entertainment Production. Melissa 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. The film won Best Short at the 2014 Imagen Awards, and screened at over 50 festivals and museums. Melissa’s two-channel art films have been exhibited by the Hammer Museum Los Angeles Biennial, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Melissa has been awarded grants from the Ford Foundation JustFilms, National Endowment for the Humanities, International Documentary Association, National Endowment for the Arts, Black Public Media, Firelight Media, ITVS, Awesome Without Borders, and Puffin Foundation. Melissa went to Yale University. She’s currently producing a docuseries on women in hip-hop.

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