QUESTLOVE WINS BIG AT SUNDANCE

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson has won the Audience Award and Grand Jury prize in the U.S. documentary section at the Sundance Film Festival for his directorial debut film, Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised).

Disney’s Searchlight and Hulu won a bidding war for the doc, buying it for a reported $12m, a record price for a doc at Sundance.

Making its world premiere at this year’s online festival, the film—which has a a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes— documents the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, also known as Black Woodstock, and features music supervision by Randall Poster.

“It has always been a dream of mine to direct films and telling this story has truly been an amazing experience,” shared the first-time filmmaker.

“I am overwhelmed and honored by the reception the film is receiving and want to give special thanks to Sundance, and my production partners: Radical Media, Vulcan Productions, Concordia, Play/Action Pictures and LarryBillyProductions.”

Poster, who’s known for his work with Martin Scorcese and Wes Anderson, also recently led supervision for Golden Globes-nominated The Queen's Gambit, Pretend It's A City and Tiger King. His music supervision and sync company, Search Party Music, partnered with Premier Music Group last year.

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