Free Members-Only Screening: Summer of Soul


Free Members-Only Screening: Summer of Soul

Please note…

The online screening has reached its registration capacity.

Your choice: in person OR online

Film Independent Presents theatrical screenings are back! But don’t worry – our online screenings aren’t going anywhere. Register for our in-person event* by clicking ‘Get Tickets’ above, or choose ‘Watch Online’ if you’d rather enjoy the screening from home. Details for both options available below.

* Those attending the in-person event must wear a mask or face covering.

Film Independent Members, you and a guest are invited to join us for a theatrical screening of Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not be Televised), followed by a live conversation with director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson moderated by Margaret Brown, the award-winning director of The Order of Myths, Townes Van Zandt Be Here To Love Me and The Great Invisible.

If you prefer, you can register to watch in our Film Independent Presents Online Screening Room, powered by Vision Media. The online screening will include the film only, but a recording of our in-person Q&A with director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson will be available in the days following the event.

In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transportive documentary–part music film, part historical record–created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten – until now. Summer of Soul shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension, Mavis Staples, The Chambers Brothers and more.

Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not be Televised) is the first official project under the recently announced Onyx Collective brand. The winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival will be released theatrically by Searchlight Pictures and will begin streaming on Hulu in the U.S. on July 2. The film will also stream internationally through the Star offering on Disney+ on a date to be confirmed.

2021, 117 minutes, color | Directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson | Produced by Joseph Patel p.g.a., Robert Fyvolent p.g.a, David Dinerstein p.g.a.

Registration Information

Film Lover Members are guaranteed access to, and receive priority entry at this event. Arts Circle Members are guaranteed access, and receive both priority entry and reserved seating. Email for more.

All Film Independent Members can register for this event starting at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, June 29. | Registration is free; one registration per Membership. | Proof of Member status is required to complete registration.


On the day of the event, registered Members may pick up tickets as early as 1:00 pm PT – look for Film Independent signage. Tickets are nontransferable and for general, unreserved theater seating only. Attendees must be in their seat(s) at least 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seat(s) may be released. Entry/seating will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests may not enter the venue without the Member who registered them present. Registration does not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand.

Masks are required. All guests and staff must wear a mask or face covering upon entering and remaining within The Harmony Gold Theater. The mask or face covering must cover the nose, mouth and chin at all times.

Harmony Gold Preview House parking is complimentary. Underground parking is accessible via Sunset Boulevard. An overflow parking lot is located behind the building and can be accessed from Stanley Avenue.

How to Watch Online

On the first day of screening availability, registered Members (and guests, when applicable) will be emailed a secure link by our partner Vision Media to watch this title in the Film Independent Presents Online Screening Room.

Screening Policies

Availability window and registration capacity may vary; always register as early as possible. Limit one registration per Membership, per event. Links to watch online are watermarked, nontransferable and may only be used by the Member who completed the registration.

Members are required to follow all rules and guidelines as laid out by Film Independent and/or its partners. If a guest has been registered for an event by a Member, these policies shall apply to that guest. Violation of policies may result in suspension or termination of Membership.

Event details and guest participation are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.