A concert movie Aretha Franklin spent years keeping off the big screen will finally be released. Director Sydney Pollack’s ‘Amazing Grace’ will premiere at the DOC NYC film festival in New York on November 12th.
The movie was shot at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in January, 1972, and while the music from the show was released as part of a best-selling double live album, the concert footage was unusable at the time, because the sound didn’t sync with the visuals.
Producer Alan Elliott picked up the movie rights in 2007 and spent a great deal of time meticulously matching up the sound to the footage, with a team of experts, only to find out that Aretha didn’t want it released. It was pulled from the Telluride and Toronto film festivals in 2015 after the Aretha Franklin’s attorneys obtained an injunction against its release.
The Queen of Soul passed away last August, and now the late singer’s niece, Sabrina Owens, has given the movie the green light. She insists her aunt would have approved of the film and the work that’s been done to restore it. The film will be released to theatres later this year to qualify for Oscars consideration. Watch the trailer below
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