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J Dilla Doc in the Works from Questlove, ‘Summer of Soul’ Producer Joseph Patel (Exclusive)

Following his Oscar win with Summer of Soul, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and his Two One Five Entertainment have signed on for a new nonfiction project about late music producer J Dilla. Dilla Time will document, according to the project’s description, “the brief life and pervasive and largely uncredited influence of music producer J Dilla.” Dilla […]

Peabody Awards: ‘Summer of Soul’ and ‘The Underground Railroad’ Among Final Round of Winners

The Peabody Awards have today announced their fourth round of winners, which include Hulu’s Oscar-winning documentary Summer of Soul, Netflix’s Emmy-winning Bo Burnham: Inside and Amazon’s Emmy-nominated limited series The Underground Railroad. Other notable winners include Netflix’s animated series City of Ghosts, HBO Max’s documentary series Exterminate All the Brutes and PBS’ documentary Mayor. Winners […]

‘Summer of Soul’ Producer Slams “Selfish” Will Smith and Chris Rock’s “Four White Guys” Joke

One of the producers behind Summer of Soul (Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), awarded the best documentary feature Oscar immediately in the aftermath of Will Smith’s onstage attack on Chris Rock, took to social media Wednesday not only to criticize Smith for his actions, but also Rock for a joke he made […]

Oscars: Questlove Says ‘Summer of Soul’ Best Documentary Win Is “Such a Stunning Moment”

Summer of Soul (… Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) took home the prize for best documentary feature at the 2022 Oscars. Director and executive producer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson was at a loss for words while accepting the award at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on Sunday night. “It’s not lost on me that the […]

“I Realized It Was Now or Never”: Oscar-Nominated Documentary Directors on Their Filmmaking Challenges in THR’s ‘A Seat at the Table’

The directors of all five Oscar-nominated documentaries gathered recently for The Hollywood Reporter’s A Seat at the Table, powered by Vision Media, a lively conversation about how they got their cameras into tricky spaces, why they fought to tell certain stories before it was too late and how they’re navigating the evolving business of nonfiction […]

‘Summer of Soul’ Rerecording Mixer Paul Hsu on Why Questlove Was Right Director for Doc

Maintaining the integrity of the archival footage of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival with performances by artists including Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, and Stevie Wonder was paramount in the making of Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s Summer of Soul (… or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised). For Hulu’s musical film and Black […]

“I Didn’t Want to Leave Any Stone Unturned”: Questlove, Todd Haynes, Liz Garbus and the THR Documentary Roundtable

In the middle of an extraordinary year — 2020 — they were at work on films that charted other resonant histories. In Becoming Cousteau, Liz Garbus, 51, chronicles an emerging environmentalist; in Summer of Soul, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, 50, confronts the erasure of Black stories; in The Rescue, which he directed with Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, 48, depicts the challenge faced by a group of unlikely […]

‘Summer of Soul’ Sweeps Critics Choice Documentary Awards

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s Summer of Soul won all six categories in which it was nominated at the 2021 Critics Choice Documentary Awards, which were handed out Sunday in Brooklyn. The film, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, features footage, largely forgotten and unseen for 50 years, of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, featuring […]

Cinema Eye Honors: ‘Flee’ Leads Field of Top Docs with 7 Noms, ‘Summer of Soul’ Lands 6

Flee, a Danish filmmaker’s animated documentary about an Afghan refugee, holds the pole position after the announcement of nominations for the 15th Cinema Eye Honors, an annual celebration of nonfiction filmmaking. Jonas Poher Rasmussen‘s film landed seven mentions, including outstanding feature, a category in which it will compete against Amir “Questlove” Thompson‘s Summer of Soul […]

Sundance Institute to Honor Filmmakers Siân Heder and Questlove With Vanguard Awards

The Sundance Institute has found its newest Vanguards. The nonprofit has announced that Coda filmmaker Siân Heder and Summer of Soul musician-turned-filmmaker Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson have been selected to each receive a Vanguard Award during a virtual celebration set for Oct. 20. Presented by Acura, the prize has been expanded this year to spotlight a […]