A free virtual screening of the documentary “Mr. Soul” will be available on Tuesday, February 16.
“Soul!” Broadcast on public television decades ago, was a music and conversational program aimed at a black audience.
“Mr Soul!” is an award-winning documentary that tells the story of Ellis Haizlip, the producer and host of the pioneering series.
Indie Lens Pop-Up and Circle Cinema are partnering to offer a free virtual screening of “Mr. Soul! “Tuesday, February 16, 6:30 p.m.
Individuals wishing to see the documentary can access the RSVP link by searching for “Mr. Soul! under the Coming Soon tab.
A press release states that director Melissa Haizlip will take part in a live virtual conversation with host Gitzel Puente. The program also includes a music performance by Tulsa music artist Branjae and a poem by artist Deborah Hunter.
The documentary’s official online site (mrsoulmovie.com) described the film as – before Oprah Winfrey, before Arsenio Hall – America’s first black “tonight show”.
The website says, “From 1968 to 1973, the public television series SOUL !, directed by the enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of black literature, poetry, music and politics – voices few others could had options for national exposure and as a result the program found an unlikely place to call home.