MR. SOUL!

By Melissa HAIZLIP, Sam POLLARD

SHOES IN THE BED PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2018

Before Oprah, before Arsenio, there was Mr. SOUL! Ellis Haizlip makes television broadcast history with SOUL!, America's first "black Tonight Show."

Festivals
& Awards

BFI London FF 2018
Create
Tribeca FF 2018
TV SECTION
AFI DOCS 2018
AUDIENCE AWARD BEST DOCUMENTARY
BLACKSTAR 2018
HotDocs 2018
MARTHAS VINEYARD 2018
HBO JURY AWARD BEST DOCUMENTARY
WOODS HOLE 2018
AGLIFF 2018
JURY AWARD + AUDIENCE AWARD BEST DOCUMENTARY
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 115 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Melissa HAIZLIP, Sam POLLARD
    • Writer(s)
    • Melissa HAIZLIP
    • Producer(s)
    • Melissa HAIZLIP (Shoes In The Bed Productions)
    • Synopsis
    • 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.