Long-shelved Aretha Franklin Documentary Finally Debuting

“We can see Alan’s passion for the movie, and we are just as passionate about it. It’s in a very pure environment, very moving and inspirational, and it’s an opportunity for those individuals who had not experienced her in a gospel context to see how diverse her music is. We are so excited to be a part of this.”
The documentary was mostly shot by famed director Sydney Pollack and captures Franklin’s gospel performances over a two-day period at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1972.
The music was released as a double live album, but the film was held because Pollack failed to sync the sound, which made it difficult to edit.
Elliott acquired the rights to the film from Pollack in 2007, and Pollack died the following year.
In 2011 Franklin sued to stop the film’s release and argued she had only given permission to Pollack to release it.
    Four years later she secured an injunction to stop it from being shown at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals.
    Following the showing at DOC NYC, “Amazing Grace” will have weeklong Oscar-qualifying runs in Los Angeles and New York.

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