Indie Lens Pop-Up: Mr. SOUL!

Wednesday, February 10

10:00-11:30 a.m. CST


Mr. SOUL! Virtual Screening & Talkback

Before Oprah, before Arsenio, there was Ellis Haizlip—Mr. SOUL!. From 1968 to 1973, Haizlip produced and hosted the public television variety show SOUL!, offering an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics. Mr. SOUL! captures a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate today.  

Come together for a special Indie Lens Pop-Up online screening of Mr. SOUL! featuring a talkback with panelists TBA.

This event is hosted by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and Milwaukee PBS with support from ITVS, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS.

RSVP to watch Mr. SOUL! from the comfort and safety of your home. 

About Mr. SOUL! by Melissa Haizlip

Before Oprah, before Arsenio, there was Ellis Haizlip—Mr. SOUL! On the heels of the civil rights movement, the PBS series SOUL! offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics. The variety show featured 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  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 that continues to resonate today.  

Mr. SOUL! will air on PBS's Independent Lens on Monday, February 22, 2021.