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Mr. SOUL! FREE Online Screening and Discussion

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Join us for this Indie Lens Pop-Up online screening of the new documentary "Mr. SOUL!"

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Join NET Nebraska for a virtual screening of the new documentary Mr. SOUL! followed by a panel discussion featuring:

  • Melissa Haizlip, director of Mr. SOUL!
  • Jade Rogers, adjunct professor at Metropolitan Community College, Iowa Western Community College, and University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of The House of Afros, Capes, & Curls
  • Denise Chapman, Producing Artistic Director for Theatre at Omaha's Union for Contemporary Art
  • Deborah Bunting, arts consultant and Omaha Community Foundation board member

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Before Oprah, before Arsenio, there was Ellis Haizlip—Mr. SOUL! On the heels of the civil rights movement, the public television variety show SOUL!, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics—voices that had few other options for national television exposure. Guided by the enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, the series was among the first to provide expanded images of Black Americans on television and recognize the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. The film celebrates the groundbreaking PBS series against the backdrop of a swiftly changing political and social landscape, while profiling Haizlip, the charismatic man behind one of the most culturally significant and successful TV shows in U.S. history. With participants’ recollections and archival clips, Mr. SOUL! captures a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate.

Mr. SOUL!, directed by Melissa Haizlip, premieres on Independent Lens on Monday, February 22, 2021, 10:00PM ET (check local listings) on PBS, PBS.org, and the PBS Video App.

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