Other winners announced on March 22 include “John Lewis: Good Trouble” (exceptional documentary – film) by Dawn Porter, “The Last Dance” by Jason Hehir (exceptional documentary – television or cinema), “By all means necessary : the film “of Keith McQuirter Times of Godfather of Harlem” (exceptional realization in a documentary – television or cinema), Walter Mosley The awkward black man (Exceptional literary work – Fiction). Former President Barack Obama A promised land won the Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction award. You can find the full list of nominees and other first-time winners here.
The movie “Mr Soul!” tells the legacy of “SOUL!”, the public television variety show produced and hosted by Ellis Haizlip (the director’s uncle) that shone the spotlight on the black arts movement. Music composed by Grammy-winning Robert Glasper, as well as narration by Blair Underwood, who is also one of the film’s executive producers, enhance the picture. In an era when African Americans were not routinely featured on television except in negative stereotypes, this program opened up new avenues for representation during its run from 1968 to 1973.
In his four-star review of the film posted on this site, our reviewer Glenn Kenny wrote that “the clips for the series – and seriously, can someone put the whole series together and stream it, or on physical media? one way or another – reveal it as a phantasmagoria of black excellence. “The film was recently shown nationwide on Independent lens, PBS during Black History Month and airs on the PBS app.
“Making the film helped us shed light on the groundbreaking cultural work of the man behind one of the most successful and socially significant black-produced television shows in US history,” the director said. Haizlip. “We are very honored for the thanks and excited about all the nominations that will serve as a way to introduce the film, the music and Ellis Haizlip to the world. ‘DRUNK!’ is the greatest show you’ve never heard of. And so far, Ellis Haizlip has been an unsung hero. We hope our movie “Mr. SOUL!” and the music he celebrates will help change that. “
NOTE: Chaz Ebert is also the executive producer of the film.