"The Black Power Mixtape" Is Getting A Theatrical Release!

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 10, 2011 3:21 AM
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It's been awhile it seems since I last wrote about this film; Goran Hugo Olsson’s The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, the documentary that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and was recently acquired for distribution by Sundance Selects.

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, and you can read it HERE if you haven't already. Needless to say, I liked it!

Until today, I assumed that, given that it was acquired by Sundance Selects, it would only air on cable TV, on the Sundance Channel; however, I received an email from the PR firm handling the film's release, inviting me to upcoming press screenings in anticipation of a theatrical release that will happen later this year - specifically, as the email states, it'll open in limited release, in New York and Los Angeles (of course), in mid-September. It doesn't give exact dates, just "mid-September. Although, I assume we'll have a specific date soon enough.

That's good news! Not that it's a film that demands to be seen on the big screen, but, it certainly does enhance the experience; and I'm guessing the theatrical release is to ensure that the film qualifies for awards consideration once that season begins.

I should also note that when it eventually makes its way to TV, it'll be on PBS' Independent Lens.

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

And if you haven't seen it yet, below is a preview teaser:

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  • ourstorian | July 2, 2011 12:15 PMReply

    This is the era of my "coming of age." The Black Power Movement defined my identity and provided a "rites of passage" into adulthood that formed and informed my entire life. I'm am looking forward to the release of this film with a mixture of nostalgia, sadness, anger, and hope that the younger generation will view this film and learn the value and necessity of our struggle for liberation.


  • urbamauteur | June 10, 2011 6:45 AMReply

    This is a movie that should served a panthean of starving critical thinkers/cineastes,kudos to the organizers:).

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