New In Theaters This Week: "The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975" (Plus VOD Release Date)

by Tambay A. Obenson
September 5, 2011 8:49 AM
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If you live in New York, and can only see one movie opening this coming weekend, see this (assuming it plays in a theater near you).

Goran Hugo Olsson’s acclaimed documentary, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival (where I first saw it), and was later acquired for distribution by Sundance Selects, opens this Friday, September 9, but only in 2 theaters, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. Just 2; and both of them are in New York. I haven't been able to confirm, but I'm guessing the other is in L.A.

But the good news is that IFC Film's website says that it'll be available On Demand (VOD) on September 14th, making it easier for the rest of the country to check it out if interested. Although a gradual nationwide roll-out beginning in late September may follow, depending on how it does early on.

The film features a treasure trove of 30+ years of 16mm footage, *mixed* into a collage of images (still and moving), music, and narration chronicling the evolution of the Black Power movement. Included are candid interviews with some of the movement's luminaries, like Angela Davis, Bobby Seale, Stokely Carmichael, and Kathleen Cleaver. Commentary from present-day voices including Erykah Badu, Harry Belafonte, Talib Kweli, and Melvin Van Peebles compliment.

I'm guessing the film will be up for some awards consideration once that season begins.

I've seen it twice already - first at Sundance, and later at the New Directors/New Films Festival here in NYC, a couple of months ago. I also reviewed it on the old S&A site. In short, I learned from and enjoyed it!

Danny Glover is one of the film's producers by the way.

I'm scheduled to interview director Goran Hugo Olsson, Danny Glover and Questlove in the next 3 days, about the film; once that's done, the interview will be posted here.

Here's the theatrical trailer, and underneath you'll find the full poster:

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6 Comments

  • Dawn | September 9, 2011 3:36 AMReply

    I'm guessing not too many theaters will be showing it. If anyone finds out it's showing anywhere in MD/DC/VA can someone please post the location(s).

    As far as I know, no DC theaters are showing it:-(

  • Henry Goins | September 7, 2011 7:28 AMReply

    I saw this at the San Francisco Film Festival. I was so lucky to get in as it was sold out and I had queue in line. They had five seats left. I was number seven. The couple in front of me was going to see a different film. If i had not seen this film, I would have been very disappointed.

    I saw a review over at Rotten Tomatoes which I thought missed the point of the whole film. The producer and editor had to sew this together because of the state in which they found it.

  • E Forde | September 6, 2011 9:20 AMReply

    UK Readers
    The film opens across the country on October 21st.

  • Clayton | September 6, 2011 6:32 AMReply

    This really looks interesting. I hope to see it soon.

    Pro-Black Sheep the movie Facebook page.

  • Ash | September 6, 2011 3:16 AMReply

    Looks like my type of movie =).

  • James Madison | September 5, 2011 10:33 AMReply

    Good info. I look forward to seeing it!

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