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“Summer of Soul” director Questlove, MRC Non-Fiction team for Sly Stone doc

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (pictured), whose Summer of Soul secured the top documentary prize at Sundance just weeks ago, is partnering with MRC Non-Fiction for a new film about legendary musician ...
February 19, 2021

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (pictured), whose Summer of Soul secured the top documentary prize at Sundance just weeks ago, is partnering with MRC Non-Fiction for a new film about legendary musician Sly Stone.

Grammy-winning Thompson will direct the Untitled Sly Stone project with his Two One Five Entertainment along with producing partners Zarah Zohlman and Shawn Gee.

Oscar and Emmy-winning rapper, actor and writer Common will executive produce via Stardust Films.

Derek Dudley and Shelby Stone serve as EPs for ID8 Multimedia; while Network Entertainment’s Derik Murray and Brian Gersh will serve as producers.

The untitled documentary follows the story of the influential artist, often referred to as the “king of funk,” who navigated the pressure of explosive mainstream pop success and the responsibility of Black America.

Thompson said in a statement: “It goes beyond saying that Sly’s creative legacy is in my DNA… it’s a Black musician’s blueprint… To be given the honor to explore his history and legacy is beyond a dream for me.”

Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) secured the coveted U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary and Audience Award: U.S. Documentary at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival awards Feb. 2.

The film — which tells the story of the Harlem Cultural Festival, held during the same summer as Woodstock in 1969 — secured a distribution deal with Searchlight Pictures and Hulu.

Thompson also executive produced AMC’s acclaimed docuseries Hip-Hop: The Songs That Shook America and served as the executive music producer and composer on the A&E miniseries Roots.

He also coproduced the Grammy-winning original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton.

MRC Non-Fiction, a division of MRC, is led by Amit Dey. The unit works to develop, finance and produce feature documentaries and docuseries, with a slate that includes Edgar Wright’s The Sparks Brothers, which had its world premiere at Sundance.

Photo: Michael Baca

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