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Doc Stories film series

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Join us for the Centerpiece screening of Doc Stories. Featuring a conversation with director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, this event provides an opportunity to see Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) on the big screen.


Sat, Nov 6 at 8:00 pm PST

Castro Theatre

Centerpiece Film

Dust off your dancing shoes and join us for the most joyous documentary of 2021 in its Castro premiere.


Following the screening will be a Q&A with the film’s magisterial director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson moderated by rock journalist, author, and broadcaster Ben Fong-Torres.

Guests Expected

Director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and post-screening Q&A moderator Ben Fong-Torres are expected to attend.


Dust off your dancing shoes and join us for the most joyous documentary of 2021! It makes its Castro premiere with the film’s magisterial director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson in attendance. With extraordinary footage that was shot at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival in Mount Morris Park placed alongside contemporary interviews of musicians and attendees, Summer of Soul offers a multitude of incandescent moments, including Mahalia Jackson sharing the stage with Mavis Staples, Stevie Wonder playing drums, Sly and the Family Stone bringing down the house, and emcee Tony Lawrence’s vibrant outfits threatening to steal the show.

Director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

Drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur,New York Times best-selling author, and member of The Roots – Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, is the unmistakable heartbeat of Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop group. He is the Musical Director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where his beloved Roots crew serves as house band. Summer of Soul is his directorial debut. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for Best US Documentary. Questlove is also set to direct the upcoming Sly Stone feature documentary.

Moderator Ben Fong-Torres

Ben Fong-Torres, who joined Rolling Stone in 1969, became its music editor and, many years later, a real-life character in the movie, Almost Famous. In his own real life, he profiled such artists as Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul McCartney, Marvin Gaye, the Rolling Stones, and Ike and Tina Turner. He has published a dozen books, including a memoir, The Rice Room, and continues to work as a writer, editor, broadcaster, emcee-about-town, and Emmy Award-winning TV host. He is the subject of a documentary, called, what else? Like a Rolling Stone. He lives with Dianne, his wife, in San Francisco.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2021

Runtime 117

Country USA

Director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

Executive Producer Jen Isaacson, Jon Kamen, Dave Sirulnick, Jody Allen, Ruth Johnston, Rocky Collins, Jannat Gargi, Beth Hubbard, Davis Guggenheim, Laurene Powell Jobs, Jeffrey Lurie, Marie Therese Guirgis, David Barse, Ron Eisenberg, Sheiia C. Johnson, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson

Producer Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent, David Dinerstein

Editor Joshua L. Pearson

Cinematographer Shawn Peters

Music Randall Poster