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Watch New Full Trailer For "The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975" + New Poster & Release Dates

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 11, 2011 12:58 PM
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If you see The Help and you don't see this (assuming it plays in a theater near you), please don't come to S&A and post comments about how limited Hollywood's purview is when it comes to the representation of African Americans on screen, especially with regards to historical accounts like this.

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, now has an official poster and full trailer, both included within this post.

The feature 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.

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 is set to be released in theaters starting in New York on Friday, September 9 at the IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, and will be followed by a gradual nationwide rollout beginning in late September, depending on how it does early on.

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! You can read my review HERE.

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

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

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  • ZENITH | January 6, 2012 9:36 AMReply


  • Ian Phillips | September 6, 2011 4:07 AMReply

    Does anyone know the name of the first beat in the trailer?

  • JMac | August 12, 2011 6:56 AMReply

    Black - uh huh
    Power - yess
    Mixtape - oh @#$!

    Since Danny's behind this I'll overlook the obvious and say it better come to Atlanta.

    Love the logline.

  • Jennifer | August 12, 2011 4:33 AMReply

    I saw this and LOVED it. I rec it all over the place.

  • urbanauteur | August 12, 2011 2:58 AMReply

    @AV, We must always fight out that "yolk" of retrenchment @ think more Qualitative, it dont matter what package(Doc-Fea.) come in as long as it serves the uninform,miseducated but more importantly, those folks whose swinging on the fence, doc's like these open up (hopefully) a pandora's box of polical enlightment not fast food engagement.

    Our Material Reality is on the ground!.

  • tambay | August 12, 2011 2:14 AMReply

    @AV - I'm not talking about those black folks who only care to see "their stories" told in feature films, as I'd like to believe that the readers of this site, most of them anyway, aren't the average black audience; but they are like yourself, lovers of, or at least open enough to want to pay to see documentaries. Why would you be the only one?

    And my interest isn't whether Hollywood would care, or what it would prove to Hollywood. I've long given up on Hollywood. The question is whether you and everyone else here cares?

  • Cynthia | August 12, 2011 2:03 AMReply

    I can't wait to see this!

  • AccidentalVisitor | August 12, 2011 1:45 AMReply

    Sorry, tambay, but I can't buy that argument you made in the first paragraph. This movie is a documentary and the vast majority of Americans (and moviegoers all over the globe) do not watch documentaries, especially not in theaters. The black folks who want to see "their stories" up on the screen are talking about feature films. Whether this documentary made $1 or $100,000,000.00 would not make a difference to them because these types of films are not something they care about. And certainly Hollywood wouldn't care if the film did well or terribly because the box office results of such a documentary would not prove or disprove anything. These are two totally different animals and I say that as a person who loves documentaries and PAYS to see about a half dozen each year (today I saw the Rappaport doc of A Tribe Called Quest).

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