Questlove Is Directing a Documentary About Sly Stone

“It goes beyond saying that Sly’s creative legacy is in my DNA.

Earlier this month, Ahmir Thompson—a.k.a. Questlove—made his directorial debut with Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. He actually won the 2021 Grand Jury Prize at Sundance for it, too. Now, his next documentary project has been announced and it’s actually centered around one of the performers at that festival. There’s no title or release date, but the subject of the film is Sly Stone of legendary funk group Sly & the Family Stone. “To be given the honor to explore his history and legacy is beyond a dream for me,” Thompson said in a press release.

“It goes beyond saying that Sly’s creative legacy is in my DNA,” said The Roots’ drummer of the project, which already has Common signed on as Executive Producer. “It’s a Black musician’s blueprint.” Head of MRC Non-Fiction Amit Dey added that “Sly’s influence on popular music and culture as a whole is immeasurable, and what his career represents is a parable that transcends time and place.”


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