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Women Make Movies, Inc. (New York, NY 10001-5059)
Melissa Haizlip (Project Director: January 2013 to July 2016)
Mr. SOUL! Ellis Haizlip and the Birth of Black Power TV

Development of a 90-minute television documentary, an interactive website, a book, and secondary and post-secondary curriculum about the first national television showcase of black culture and its creator, Ellis Haizlip.

"Mr. SOUL! Ellis Haizlip and the Birth of Black Power TV" is a multi-year, multi-platform project exploring the groundbreaking PBS television series "SOUL!" while profiling its producer and host, Ellis Haizlip. From 1968 to 1973, at a pivotal point in American history, the "SOUL!" series changed the country's perception of African American culture and experience. The focus of the project is a ninety-minute documentary film intended for a national PBS broadcast. Directed by Samuel D. Pollard and Melissa Haizlip, produced by Melissa Haizlip and Airrion Copeland, edited by Jason Pollard and advised by Stanley Nelson. By examining the "SOUL!" series and the social context in which it was created, the "Mr. SOUL!" film will help contemporary audiences understand how culture is a fundamental aspect of political movement. Although "SOUL!" made a visible impact along side the efforts of the Civil Rights Movement, the film reminds us of the various avenues which brought us as far as we have come.

Project fields:
African American Studies

America's Media Makers: Development Grants

Public Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2013 – 5/30/2014