Oct. 1, 2021

2021 PROXY Fall Film Festival: SUMMER OF SOUL


The 2021 PROXY Fall Film Festival of outdoor cinema kicks off on Friday, October 1st at the PROXY Walk-in Theater with:


(…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, 2021 [PG-13]

“[SUMMER OF SOUL’S] sense of politics isn’t so despondent. Thompson winds things down with Sly and the Family Stone doing “Higher.” That band was male and female, Black and white — weird, rubbery, ecstatic, yet tight, hailing from no appreciable tradition, inventing one instead. It’s been more than half a century, and I still don’t know where these cats came from. They simply seem sent from an American future that no one has to mourn.”

– Wesley Morris, The New York Times

SUMMER OF SOUL is the directorial debut of the legendary Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, a documentary utilizing archival footage of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival to tell the story of Black America at the time. It is an incredible foray into a new medium for Questlove that offers a celebratory view of Black culture, history, music, and fashion.

Presented by HERE FOR NOW, the FREE, Friday evening film screenings begin at dusk with ‘doors’ opening at 6:00 pm. Film begins at sundown around 7:45pm.

Come early to claim a good spot, enjoy an ice-cold beer from Fort Point Beer Company (all proceeds support outdoor cinema at PROXY!) and delicious food from the Viva Vegan and Al Carajo food trucks!

Consistent with SFDPH Guidelines, no masks or distancing will be required for all vaccinated attendees. All PROXY staff will be wearing masks when interacting with the audience. 

Check out our tips for enjoying movies outside at PROXY.