Presented by Circle Cinema, Indie Lens Pop-Up, and our community partner, Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa.
From 1968 into 1973, the PBS variety show SOUL!, guided by 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 in the program a 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. Through participants’ recollections and illuminating archival clips, Mr. SOUL! captures a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate and celebrates an unsung hero whose voice we need now more than ever, to restore the soul of a nation.
Mr. Soul’s director, Melissa Haizlip, will join us for a LIVE virtual conversation with our host, Gitzel Puente. This program includes a special music performance from Tulsa singer/artist Branjae and a poem will be recited by artist Deborah J. Hunter.
Mr. SOUL! will premiere on PBS/OETA on February 22, 2021.