Studio Screen | Mr. SOUL!

Sep 9
12:00am —
Sep 12, 2020

Conversations & Screenings, Watch & Listen 2020

In collaboration with Maysles Documentary Center, The Studio Museum in Harlem presents a virtual screening of the film, Mr. SOUL!, beginning at noon on Wednesday, September 9th and ending at noon on Saturday, September 12th.

Free and unlimited access to the film is no longer available, the film is available for purchase through September 11, 2020.  


From 1968 to 1973, the public television variety show SOUL!, guided by the enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics. Filmmaker Melissa Haizlip—the niece of Ellis—portrays in exquisite detail a revolutionary time in American culture and entertainment through vibrant archival footage and interviews with numerous Black luminaries who appeared on SOUL! or were impacted by it.

Studio Screen is a series of film screenings that celebrate the moving image as a medium and an inspiration for artists. Screenings are accompanied by panels discussions, which explore the film and related topics.


Mr. SOUL! Panel Discussion

On Thursday, September 10th at 6:00 pm EDT, filmmaker Melissa Haizlip will gather with George Faison, Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, and moderator Taylor Renee Aldridge for a discussion on the legacy of Ellis Haizlip, the visionary behind SOUL!, and the making and sustaining of Black cultural spaces. The program will take place online. RSVP for the talkback below.  


Melissa Haizlip is an award-winning filmmaker based in New York. Her work responds to pressing social issues at the intersection of racial and social justice, activism, and representation. 

George Faison is an award-winning choreographer and dancer. He is co-founder and producing artistic director of the Faison Firehouse Theatre, located in a former Harlem firehouse.

Joeonna  Bellorado-Samuels is the founder of We Buy Gold, a roving gallery presenting exhibitions, commissioned projects, and public events, and a Director at the Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. She is on the curatorial team of The Racial Imaginary Institute, a member of National Advisory Council of The Center for Art & Public Exchange at the Mississippi Museum of Art, and was a founding Director of For Freedoms, the first artist-run Super PAC, which uses art to inspire deeper political engagement for citizens who want to have a greater impact on the American political landscape.

Taylor Renee Aldridge is the recently named Visual Arts Curator and Program Manager at CAAM. She cofounded ARTS.Black, a journal of art criticism for Black perspectives.


inHarlem is supported in part by Citi; the Stavros Niarchos Foundation; Rockefeller Brothers Fund; and The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.

The Studio Museum in Harlem’s digital programs have been made possible thanks to support provided by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation’s Frankenthaler Digital Initiative and Art Bridges.

Additional funding is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts.