Disney owned Searchlight Pictures and Hulu have acquired music doc, Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised), a directorial debut for The Roots founder Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson. The deal was negotiated by Cinetic for worldwide rights. The film is set for theatrical release, as well as streaming on Hulu in the U.S. and internationally on Star and Star+.
Sources close to the deal say that the sale marks the biggest for a doc in the history of the Sundance festival, beating out last year's record-break Boys State, which went to Apple for $12 million. (Prior to Boys State, the largest documentary sale at Sundance was 2019's Knock Down the House, which sold for $10 million.) Summer of Soul, which premiered in the U.S. doc competition section of the fest, focuses on 1969's Harlem Cultural Festival (aka Black Woodstock) that saw performances from Nina Simone and Stevie Wonder, among others, and feature 40 hours of archival footage.