If you see The Help and you don’t see this (assuming it plays in a theater near you), please don’t come to S&A and post comments about how limited Hollywood’s purview is when it comes to the representation of African Americans on screen, especially with regards to historical accounts like this.
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, now has an official poster and full trailer, both included within this post.
The feature 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.
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 is set to be released in theaters starting in New York on Friday, September 9 at the IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, and will be followed by a gradual nationwide rollout beginning in late September, depending on how it does early on.
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! You can read my review HERE.
Danny Glover is one of the film’s producers by the way.
Here’s the brand new trailer, and underneath you’ll find the full poster: