In the early 70s, director Sydney Pollack documented Aretha Franklin and the making of a live album at the New Temple Missionary Church in Los Angeles, CA. The album, Amazing Grace, sold over 2 million copies, making it the best selling gospel record of all time. However, the film has never been seen… until now.

Legal issues between Franklin’s camp and the film’s producers (before Pollack’s death he asked producer Alan Elliott to finish the project) kept the film from being released all of these years and has “remained one of the lost cinematic treasures of twentieth-century music.”

But, according to Variety, in a last minute effort, Franklin’s estate reached an agreement that will allow the film to be shown in public for the very first time. Amazing Grace will premiere November 12 at the DOC NYC film festival.

Following the premiere at DOC NYC, the film will be running at the Laemmle Monica Nov. 20-27, followed by a week at Manhattan’s Film Forum Dec. 7-14. Official premiere events for Los Angeles and Detroit are expected in early 2019.

In the meantime, check out the teaser trailer above…


lead image via DOC NYC