UPDATE: Hulu will now premiere the documentary We Are Freestyle Love Supreme July 17th, 2020. The documentary’s original June 5th release was postponed earlier this month in a show of solidarity with ongoing Black Lives Matter protests. “Today our country, our world struggles to reach an end to this systemic racial injustice, intolerance, police brutality and hate,” the group said at the time. “We add our voices to that fight. To that struggle. Because in this moment, our collective attention is turned toward these most pressing concerns, we have decided to postpone the premiere of our film We Are Freestyle Love Supreme.”
For all those Lin-Manuel Miranda fans who are waiting for that movie version of the Hamilton musical to premiere next year, this may be the most rapping uplift you’re gonna get for a while. We Are Freestyle Love Supreme debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and Hulu has announced that the the documentary from filmmaker Andrew Fried — which chronicles the past 15 years of the upbeat improv hip-hop group — will debut on its streaming platform on June 5th.
Fried began following Freestyle Love Supreme with his camera back in 2005, when they were still rapping on New York City sidewalks and playing small clubs and venues. Over the years, the fanbase for the quirky, upbeat group has grown — as has the stature of founding members, including Miranda, Christopher Jackson, and director Thomas Kail. The documentary follows the beatboxing crew from those early years until they opened to a sold-out run on Broadway with their show, simply titled Freestyle Love Supreme, this past fall.
As FLS co-creator and Anthony Veneziale (a.k.a. Two-Touch) told Rolling Stone last year: “It’s this concept of jazz and the concept of riffing. In some ways, we are using the English language as our instruments and we just happen to be playing that instrument with our voices as opposed to the trumpet or the saxophone.”