If you live in New York, and can only see one movie opening this coming weekend, see this (assuming it plays in a theater near you).
Goran Hugo Olsson’s acclaimed documentary, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival (where I first saw it), and was later acquired for distribution by Sundance Selects, opens this Friday, September 9, but only in 2 theaters, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. Just 2; and both of them are in New York. I haven’t been able to confirm, but I’m guessing the other is in L.A.
But the good news is that IFC Film’s website says that it’ll be available On Demand (VOD) on September 14th, making it easier for the rest of the country to check it out if interested. Although a gradual nationwide roll-out beginning in late September may follow, depending on how it does early on.
The film features a treasure trove of 30+ years of 16mm footage, *mixed* into a collage of images (still and moving), music, and narration chronicling the evolution of the Black Power movement. Included are candid interviews with some of the movement’s luminaries, like Angela Davis, Bobby Seale, Stokely Carmichael, and Kathleen Cleaver. Commentary from present-day voices including Erykah Badu, Harry Belafonte, Talib Kweli, and Melvin Van Peebles compliment.
I’m guessing the film will be up for some awards consideration once that season begins.
I’ve seen it twice already – first at Sundance, and later at the New Directors/New Films Festival here in NYC, a couple of months ago. I also reviewed it on the old S&A site. In short, I learned from and enjoyed it!
Danny Glover is one of the film’s producers by the way.
I’m scheduled to interview director Goran Hugo Olsson, Danny Glover and Questlove in the next 3 days, about the film; once that’s done, the interview will be posted here.
Here’s the theatrical trailer, and underneath you’ll find the full poster: