In celebration of the Big Eddy Film Festival’s 10th Anniversary (September 30 – October 3), the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance will present a series of live Big Eddy Film Festival events throughout 2021. We’ll kick off the summer on Thursday, July 1 with an exciting free outdoor screening of the new film SUMMER OF SOUL, presented in partnership with Bethel Woods Center for the Arts at their outdoor Terrace Stage.
The screening is sold out. There will be a standby line at the door for any tickets not claimed by 8:25 pm.
In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting 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 Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more.
The winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival, the film will be released theatrically by Searchlight Pictures and will stream on Hulu.
The activities of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance are made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Special thanks to our Presenting Partner, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts