20 Movies We Can't Wait to See at Tribeca Film Festival 2018

From Australian zombie thrillers to docs on everything from Ed Sheeran to Air Jordans – our picks for the downtown NYC film fest

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'Mr. Soul!'
ELLIS HAIZLIP, the Producer of the WNET/PBS weekly television show, "SOUL." Chester Higgins11/20

'Mr. Soul!'

In 1968, you could see images of inner-city riots, protests and police attacking African-American citizens in the streets – but you couldn't exactly flip on your television and hear those citizens talking about the issues of the day from their own perspective. Enter Ellis Haizlip, a theater producer who'd bring the world a public-TV program called Soul!: part variety-hour, part "the black Tonight Show" and 100-percent dedicated to bringing the black experience into New York living rooms. Documentarians Melissa Haizlip (Ellis's niece) and Samuel Pollard trace the history of this vital, groundbreaking forum for actors, writers, politicians and musicians to talk openly about their lives and art, complete with incredible back-in-the-day performances of everyone from Al Green to writer Anna Horsford holding it down. The Last Poets footage alone is worth the price of admission. DF

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