Award of Excellence – “Soul Summit: Doin’ It In the Park” (USA)

Title: Soul Summit: Doin’ It In the Park
Runtime: 9 min
Country: USA
Director: Tayo Giwa
Placement: Award of Excellence
Competition: December, 2020

Synopsis:“Soul Summit: Doin’ It in the Park” chronicles the history and cultural impact of Soul Summit, Fort Greene Park’s legendary house music party. 

Through archival footage spanning nearly 20 years, in addition to interviews with Soul Summit co-founder Sadiq Bellamy and longtime attendees, the film illuminates Soul Summit’s rise to a global destination for house heads; a safe haven for Black queer expression; and an enduring, authentic Black space in gentrified Brooklyn.

The film also explores how Soul Summit is disappearing. While the free, open-air party once took place every summer Sunday, as the Fort Greene neighborhood has become more white and affluent — a harbinger of noise complaints and strict regulation of the park — it has decreased to just twice a year.