SUMMER OF SOUL'S Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson To Join  The Blackhouse Foundation at The 2022 Sundance Film Festival

SUMMER OF SOUL’S Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson To Join The Blackhouse Foundation at The 2022 Sundance Film Festival


(Los Angeles, California, January 20, 2022) – Expanding on the organization’s exciting programming for the 2022 Sundance Film FestivalThe Blackhouse Foundation will host a powerhouse panel entitled Summer of Soul: A Necessary Story presented by Onyx Collective, Disney’s new content brand focused on artists of color, on Sunday, January 23. Panelists include director, drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and member of The Roots – Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Onyx Collective’s President Tara Duncan, moderated by The Atlantic’s Hannah Giorgis

And in the Blackhouse spirit of change, diversity, and breaking ground, The Blackhouse Foundation hosts Building Inclusive Content at Lionsgate on Sunday, January 23. 

If visiting The Blackhouse at the Sundance Film Festival has ever been an item on your bucket list, register now via Crowdcast to attend from the comfort of your home! 

Blackhouse programming will run virtually from January 21 through January 23 via CrowdcastFacebook, and Youtube.

Building Inclusive Content at LionsgateDate: Sunday, 1/23Time: 1pm – 2pm MTThe Blackhouse Foundation is proud to present a fireside chat with Lionsgate on the future of inclusive content. Join their President of Motion Picture Group, Nathan Kahane, and Head of Inclusive Content, Kamala Avila-Salmon, for an intimate conversation with Blackhouse CEO, Brickson Diamond, on how this leading film studio is building an intentional and integrated roadmap for a more diverse and inclusive film slate for years to come.

Onyx Collective Presents: Summer of Soul, A Necessary StoryDate: Sunday, 1/23Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm MTJoin Summer of Soul Director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Onyx Collective’s President Tara Duncan for an intimate conversation about Black erasure and getting history right. Moderated by The Atlantic’s Hannah Giorgis, they will reflect on the importance of building transformative narratives and curating these untold stories that have the power to change the world.

For 2022, The Blackhouse Foundation proudly welcomes Meta back as Presenting Sponsor. Onyx Collective joins The Blackhouse Foundation as Select Sponsor, while Lionsgate and Participant Media contribute as Supporting Sponsors and ICM joins as Sponsor.

The Blackhouse Foundation continues to champion and support leading black writers, directors, producers, crew, and talent throughout film, television, digital media, and beyond with an unshakable platform. Celebrating its 15th year, The Blackhouse Foundation remains a linchpin for culture on a global scale via engagements at Sundance and beyond.

Be on the lookout for more programming updates as The Blackhouse Foundationcontributes to the culture at The Sundance Film Festival virtually.




The Blackhouse Foundation works to expand opportunities for Black content creators by providing pathways to opportunities within film, television, digital, and emerging platforms. Blackhouse provides opportunities for minority creatives to learn about the financial production, marketing, and distribution resources that will raise the profile of their content, while also providing participants with a nucleus for continuing support, community, and education.


Onyx Collective is a new content brand formed under Disney General Entertainment Content (DGE) designed to curate a slate of premium programming by artists of color and underrepresented voices. Onyx Collective’s debut project, Questlove’s award-winning documentary “Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not be Televised),” debuted this summer and was recently declared “the best film of 2021” by The New York Times. The brand’s roster of prolific creators also includes writer and comedian Natasha Rothwell (“Insecure,” “SNL”), writer, producer and director Prentice Penny’s Penny for Your Thoughts, Ryan Coogler’s Proximity Media (“Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Black Panther”) and writer and director Destin Daniel Cretton and his production company Family Owned.
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Starting On: January 21, 2022
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