MR. SOUL! WINS CRITICS CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARD FOR BEST FIRST FEATURE FOR FILMMAKER MELISSA HAIZLIP!
MR. SOUL! UPDATE - HELD OVER AGAIN! NOW INTO OUR 3RD MONTH! WITH OVER 30 SCREENS.
The award-winning documentary - MR. SOUL!
directed by MELISSA HAIZLIP is now in its 3rd month in over 30+ virtual
cinemas. Audiences across the nation are continuing to experience MR. SOUL!
This inspirational and entertaining film will continue to spread love and happiness, as Al Green would sing, this week and through next week when we will celebrate the start of 2nd month on September 28! We started with 3 cinemas who joined us in late July and we opened in 70+ cinemas, grew to 90+ and now as we start month 2 - we are still holding with 60+ cinema partners. During this pandemic time, people keep discovering Ellis Haizlip aka Mr. Soul and some come back to watch it again. As Ellis would say: Black Seeds Keep on Growing!
Your reviews now and your what to watch and even a feature story is most welcome for this monumental documentary.
In addition MR. SOUL! was recently featured on ABC's GOOD MORNING AMERICA with director Melissa Haizlip presenting clips and photos from this important film.
MR. SOUL! was also featured in THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE in the GOINGS ON ABOUT TOWN section.
Eight weeks ago on our opening weekend, MR. SOUL! made history with a live virtual meeting of the minds in what we call the MR. SOUL! PREMIERE KICKBACK which was hosted by Comedian/Actress/Producer Amanda Seales. This KICKBACK was historic, as it featured Black Legends and Black Icons who are examples of Black Excellence.
Comedian/Actress/Producer Amanda Seales hosted! And included
•Director - Melissa Haizlip
•Executive Producer - Blair Underwood
•Legendary Director/Producer - Stan Lathan
•Composer - Robert Glasper
•Author/Poet - Nikki Giovanni
•Poet/Scholar - Sonia Sanchez
•Grammy winner - Lalah Hathaway
•R&B Group - Black Ivory
•Poet/Activist - Felipe Luciano
•Poets/Musicians - The Last Poets
... and even COMMON dropped by
Let me know if you'd a link to the film for your review and if you would like to interview filmmaker Melissa Haizlip and Executive Producer/Voice of Ellis Haizlip - Blair Underwood, we can try and arrange that.
But do let me know...
MR. SOUL! WINS CRITICS CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARD BEST FIRST FEATURE FOR FILMMAKER MELISSA HAIZLIP!
MR. SOUL! UPDATE - HELD OVER AGAIN! NOW INTO OUR 3RD MONTH! WITH OVER 30 SCREENS.
BEFORE OPRAH, BEFORE ARSENIO... THERE WAS MR. SOUL!
DIRECTED BY MELISSA HAIZLIP, HER AWARD-WINNING FIRST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
NOW IN ITS THIRD MONTH IN OVER 30+ VIRTUAL CINEMAS ACROSS THE NATION
CELEBRATING THE 52ND ANNIVERSARY OF "SOUL!" AND BRINGING LOVE & HAPPINESS TO ALL!
On the set of SOUL!, Host Ellils Haizlip (middle) is surrounded by members of the J.C. WHITE SINGERS after their moving performance
in a scene from MR. SOUL! – A FILM BY MELISSA HAIZLIP. PHOTO BY ALEX HARSLEY
SHOES IN THE BED PRODUCTIONS
WRITTEN, DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY MELISSA HAIZLIP
MUSIC COMPOSED BY ROBERT GLASPER
VOICE OF ELLIS HAIZLIP BY BLAIR UNDERWOOD
Today the Broadcast Film Critics Association honored MR. SOUL! and director Melissa Hailzip with the Best First Feature Documentary Award as part of this year’s Critics Choice Documentary Awarrds 2020. The film led this year’s awards pack with five nominations including Best Documentary Feature, Best First Feature, Best Narration, Best Archival Documentary and Best Historic/Biographical Documentary.
The award-winning film - Mr. SOUL! -
directed by Melissa Haizlip continues to wow audiences across the
nation in virtual cinemas this week and is held over once again with
over 30+ virtual cinemas across the country as this crowd pleasing film
in its third month!! This monumental film is a tribute and an important
look at America's first "Black Tonight Show" that aired directly from
New York on public broadcasting from 1968-1973 at the height of the
Black Power Movement and the Civil Rights Movement.
Aptly titled SOUL!, this groundbreaking show was produced and hosted by Ellis Haizlip aka Mr. SOUL! He was hip, smart, innovative, political and gay. In his personal fight for social equality, he ensured the revolution would be televised. And that Revolution was his TV show SOUL! - an incredibly unique weekly television show that aired on public television from 1968 - 1973 celebrating Black American culture, art, life, love and community, which he shared with households across the nation in their living rooms every week.
The film's distributors Shoes In The Bed Productions and Open Your Eyes & Think MF are proud to announce the continuing virtual cinema release in over 30+ cinemas celebrating its third month in release! This September also marked the 52nd anniversary of the beginning broadcast of SOUL! on September 12, 1968. From that day forward, Ellis Haizlip and his amazing crew of producers, directors, crew and guest artists made history every week. And now, through this film, Ellis still continues to inspire and instill pride into new generations of fans. As he states in the film, "Black seeds keep on growing," the time now is most important.
Featuring rare live performances and interviews from the legendary Al Green, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, Sidney Poitier, Cicely Tyson, James Baldwin, Nikki Giovanni, The Last Poets, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Ashford & Simpson, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Billy Preston, Black Ivory, The Delfonics, Bill Withers, Sonia Sanchez, Wilson Pickett, Odetta, Merry Clayton, Mandrill, Kool & the Gang, Toni Morrison, Kathleen Cleaver, Betty Shabazz, Stokely Carmichael, Mrs. Georgia Jackson, George Faison, Patti LaBelle, Roberta Flack, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and many more, SOUL! was the first national show 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 rarely seen archival clips, Mr. SOUL! captures that critical moment in our nation’s cultural rise, and whose impact would continue to resonate across generations and cultures.
"It's been beautiful to see and hear from viewers around the nation who are both entertained and uplifted by our film, as well as inspired as they discover Mr. SOUL!," says director Melissa Haizlip, who is also Ellis Haizlip's niece. "Sharing my uncle's story and the legacy of his groundbreaking show is super important right now. As we head into our third month in release, what an incredible gift -- it allows more people to discover Ellis Haizlip's life and the impact that SOUL! had on our country, both then and now, during this pivotal moment. And now, to be honored with this Critic’s Choice Documentary Award, I am humbled and full of gratitude to these journalists who were moved by his story. This continues to be an amazing journey for the film."
Mr. SOUL! world premiered at TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL where audiences embraced it with standing ovations and sold out screenings. Mr. SOUL! went on to win a number of awards on the festival circuit playing over 30 film festivals, including HOT DOCS, AFI Docs, BFI London, Woodstock Film Fest, Pan African Film Festival, Urbanworld, Los Angeles Film Festival and more. The film has won over 17 awards including the International Documentary Association (IDA) Best Music Documentary; the Finalist Award for the Inaugural Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize For Film; AFI Docs Audience Award; Woodstock Best Documentary; and many more.
Mr. SOUL! is directed, written and produced by Melissa Haizlip, featuring music composed and performed by Grammy® winning musician/composer Robert Glasper, with the voice of Ellis Haizlip by Grammy® / Emmy® winner Blair Underwood - one of the film’s Executive Producers. The virtual cinema release run is presented together by Shoes In The Bed Productions and Open Your Eyes & Think MF. The purchasing of virtual cinema tickets continues to help support independent cinemas across the nation and this amazing independent filmmaker and film.
Tickets and more information are available on the website:
More events will be announced through the film's website, Instagram, Twitter and
Facebook pages at @mrsoulthemovie and the hashtags #mrsoulthemovie, #ellishaizlip and #virtualcinema
Creator and Host of the monumental show SOUL! - Ellis Haizlip (aka Mr. Soul!) - takes a moment in a scene from the film
MR. SOUL! - Directed by Melissa Haizlip. Photo Credit: Ivan Curry/Shoes In The Bed Productions
SEE OUR TRAILER:
On the set of SOUL!, original director Stan Lathan stands with the cameraman filming a segment featuring Ellis Haizlip (host) with
special guest filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles (Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassss Song) in a scene from MR. SOUL! - A FILM BY MELISSA HAIZLIP -
Photo by Chester Higgins/Mr. Soul!
PEOPLE LOVE MR. SOUL!
“A rich and illuminating piece of cultural history”
- The Hollywood Reporter
“Revives An Extraordinary, Revolutionary Piece Of Black History”
"A fascinating film"
- Time Out New York
"MR. SOUL! chronicles Haizlip's journey ensuring
the revolution would be televised."
- Deadline Hollywood
"...Enthralling and entertaining..."
- The New Yorker
Interviews with director Melissa Haizlip and select subjects are available via request.
Screening link for your editorial consideration and review is also available.
Take a look. This gathering was phenomenal.