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Each year, RadioWest sits down for in-depth conversations with filmmakers and producers during the Sundance Film Festival. Just like the festival, the RadioWest team has eclectic taste. We hope you enjoy the diversity of topics as much as we do.

Sundance: ‘Summer of Soul’

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Courtesy of Sundance Institute

While Woodstock dominated the music news in 1969, down in New York City, the Harlem Cultural Festival provided its 300,000 attendees with something more than sex, drugs and rock and roll. It gave many of them hope. 

Imagine seeing this lineup live: Stevie Wonder (on drums!), The Fifth Dimension, Sly and the Family Stone, Nina Simone, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Moms Mabley, Abbey Lincoln and Max Roach, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King and many, many others. The Harlem Cultural Festival was a celebration of Black musicians, music, pride and Harlem itself – and the whole thing was filmed. In our on-going coverage of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, we’ll talk on Tuesday at 11 a.m. with producers Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein about Summer of Soul (...Or When the Revolution Could Not be Televised), Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson's directorial debut. It’s the story of how the Harlem Cultural Festival came together, its impact and how it was rescued from obscurity.

For more information about Summer of Soul go to festival.sundance.org.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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