Black Bottom Film Festival: Mr.SOUL!
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Before Oprah, before Arsenio, there was Mr. SOUL!
Ellis Haizlip ensures the Revolution will be televised with SOUL!, America’s first “Black Tonight Show.”
Join us immediately after the film for a conversation with Joe Lewis, Jessica Lanay, Melissa Haizlip, and Blaire Underwood.
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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.
Mr. Soul! A conversation with Melissa Haizlip and Blair Underwood
BBFF curator Joe Lewis and AWAACC Literary curator Jessica Lanay moderate this conversation between filmmaker Melissa Haizlip and Executive Producer Blair Underwood about the documentary Mr. Soul!.
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- Joe Lewis
- Cydney Nunn
Senior Marketing Manager, AWAACC
- Amanda Wilson
Senior Programming Manager, AWAACC
- Janis Burley Wilson
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