As already noted, 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; and both of them are in New York… at least for now.
IFC Film’s will also make the film available On Demand (VOD) on September 14th, so that the rest of the country can 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 spoke to director Goran Hugo Olsson earlier today, and asked him what will happen with the rest of the incredible 16mm footage that didn’t make it into the final film being released this weekend, and he answered stating that he is indeed considering a second/follow-up film, or a “B-Side” as he called it, which may delve deeper into the political machinations of the period the movement lived in.
So, don’t be surprised if there’s a Black Power Mixtape Part 2, or B-Side sometime in the future.
In the meantime, below is a brand new clip from the film, featuring a snip of a profile of then Stokely Carmichael (later Kwame Ture), accompanied by a Talib Kweli voiceover: