Aretha Franklin Documentary To Hit Theaters In 2019

An Aretha Franklin documentary, shot in 1972, is set for theatrical release early next year.

The Warner Bros. concert film Amazing Grace was prevented from theatrical release due to technical and legal issues.

The film will be released by NEON after its Oscar-qualifying run in New York and Los Angeles.

“‘Amazing Grace’ is the heart and soul of Aretha Franklin,” according to Sabrina Owens. “This film is authentic and is my aunt to her core. Our family couldn’t be more excited for audiences to experience the genius of her work and spirit through this film,” said Franklin’s niece and personal representative of the Aretha Franklin estate.

The film, which was shot by Sydney Pollack, shows the Queen of Soul’s performance at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles’ Watts neighborhood in January 1972.

Producer Alan Elliott acquired the rights to the project in 2007.

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