Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

Special guests: Post-screening conversation with producers Alan Elliott and Tirrell D. Whittley and choir members Mary Hall, Esther Mcisaac and Bobby Washington, moderated by Jacqueline Stewart, president and director of the Academy Museum.

Shot in Los Angeles’s New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in the winter of 1972, the Queen of Soul’s breathtaking performance remained unseen for nearly fifty years, though the record would become the best-selling gospel album of all time. Shooting without the clapperboards that would seamlessly sync the soundtrack to the twenty hours of 16mm footage in the edit, the film’s original director, Sydney Pollack, abandoned the project, leaving it untouched for over four decades. Thanks to digital technologies, the sound and image finally came together for this stirring film, released to the public in 2018, three months after Franklin's passing.

REALIZED AND PRODUCED BY: Alan Elliott. WITH: Aretha Franklin, James Cleveland, Alexander Hamilton, Cornell Dupree. 2018. 89 min. USA. Color. English. Rated G. DCP.

Academy Museum film programming generously funded by the Richard Roth Foundation. 

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