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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Announces Lineup — Exclusive

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is announcing the line-up for its 22nd edition today, which will take place in Durham, North Carolina from April 4-7. The festival will kick things off with “American Factory,” the Sundance critical smash that was picked up by Netflix. The festival’s 2019 tribute will be given to the films’ co-directors, Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, which includes a curated retrospective of the two collaborators’ body of work.

25 features will screen in competition in the New Docs category, along with 21 short films. Included in its competition line-up is the world premiere feature “The Watson’s Hotel.” There are also multiple North American premieres, including Iain Cunningham’s “Irene’s Ghost” and “Where We Belong” by Jacqueline Zünd. Plus, U.S. premieres include Tania Hernández Velasco’s “Titixe” and Alexander John Glustrom’s “Mossville: When Great Trees Fall.”

Competition films are eligible for juried awards offering
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TV Review: ‘Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul’

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TV Review: ‘Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul’
Booking anyone at all to appear in an Aretha Franklin tribute is an act of nerve, since she was arguably the one performer in pop music history who can be said to have had no real peers as a singer, even in her day, much less ours. With that as a given, “Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul,” airing tonight on CBS, is about as good as these things get, which is a good thing, considering how flagrantly embarrassing it’d be if the show had had to settle for even the B+ list of contemporary singers. The guest list here is a grade above that.

You could make a top 10 list just of your favorite sustained high notes struck during the two-hour telecast. For myself, I’d have to top that list with whatever gritty stratosphere it is that Patti Labelle is entering at the climax of the 1970 hit “Call Me,
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Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘Respect’ Set for Summer 2020

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MGM has set its Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect” for an Aug. 14, 2020, release.

Stage director Liesl Tommy boarded the film earlier this year. The studio set the project in motion a year ago when it was announced that Jennifer Hudson, who won a supporting actress Oscar for “Dreamgirls,” had been personally selected for the role by Franklin.

Franklin, who died on Aug. 16 at the age of 76, won 17 Grammys, starting with “Respect” in 1968 and “Chain of Fools” in 1969.

Callie Khouri, who wrote “Thelma & Louise” and is the creator of “Nashville,” is writing the screenplay for “Respect,” following the rise of Franklin’s career — from a child singing in her father’s church choir to a superstar. Tradecraft’s Scott Bernstein, who produced “Straight Outta Compton,” and Harvey Mason Jr., who has written and produced songs for both Franklin and Hudson, are serving as producers on the movie. Tommy received six Tony Award nominations for “Eclipsed,
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Aretha Franklin takes you to the moon in trailer for ‘Amazing Grace’

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Studiocanal has released a trailer for the music documentary showcasing never-before-seen footage of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin during the intimate recording of her iconic album ‘Amazing Grace’.

In 1971, Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul, brought producer Jerry Wexler, her backup singers, and the legendary Atlantic Records rhythm section to The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in the Los Angeles neighbourhood of Watts to record an album of gospel music before an enthusiastic live audience. The result, “Amazing Grace”, went on to become the top-selling gospel record of all time, the biggest album of Aretha Franklin’s career, and one of her most beloved works.

But even as the album gained fans around the world, few realized that those inspirational sessions had not only been recorded, they had been filmed by a camera crew led by Oscar-winning filmmaker Sydney Pollack.

Pollack and his team spent two nights capturing
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Watch The Trailer For Upcoming Aretha Franklin Documentary ‘Amazing Grace’

Studiocanal has just dropped the trailer for upcoming Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace. The film, featuring previously unseen concert footage of the legendary artist, premiered at last month’s Berlin film festival and will roll out into cinemas in May.

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In 1971, Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul, brought producer Jerry Wexler, her backup singers, and the legendary Atlantic Records rhythm section to The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts to record an album of gospel music before an enthusiastic live audience. The result, “Amazing Grace”, went on to become the top-selling gospel record of all time, the biggest album of Aretha Franklin’s career, and one of her most beloved works.

But even as the album gained fans around the world, few realised that those inspirational sessions had not only been recorded, they had been filmed by a camera crew led by Oscar winning filmmaker Sydney Pollack.
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Aretha Franklin Sings to the Heavens in First Trailer for ‘Amazing Grace’

Nearly 50 years after it was filmed, the recording of what would be the most successful gospel album of all time has now seen the light of day. After touring festivals since last fall, Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace will finally see a release next month courtesy of Neon. Produced and realized by Alan Elliott, with uncredited direction by Sydney Pollack, the trailer and poster have now been unveiled.

John Fink said in his review, “A time capsule that’s as fresh and powerful an experience as it must have been when recorded live in Watts in 1972, Amazing Grace is arguably one of the year’s most-anticipated films arriving after years of litigation and a near-fatal technical glitch that was resolved thanks to digital workflows. Following the success of concert films like Woodstock and director Sydney Pollack’s They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? and The Way We Were, the young
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‘Amazing Grace’ Trailer: Aretha Franklin Delivers Powerhouse Performance Of Title Tune

‘Amazing Grace’ Trailer: Aretha Franklin Delivers Powerhouse Performance Of Title Tune
A new trailer for Amazing Grace, the long lost Aretha Franklin concert documentary set for an April 5 release by Neon, showcases the late singer delivering a stunning performance of the title song.

Filmed by Sydney Pollack in 1972 at the then-29-year-old Franklin’s concert in the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, the film was mired in legal technicalities for decades before getting screenings last year at Doc NYC and AFI Fest for Oscar-qualifying runs. Neon has now set the April 5 theatrical release in select theaters prior to expansion.

Neon acquired the North American rights in December. The film was produced by Alan Elliott, Joe Boyd, Chiemi Karasawa, Rob Johnson, Sabrina Owens, Tirrell D. Whittley, Jerry Wexler and Joseph Woolf.

In a December, Spike Lee hosted a private screening of the film in Los Angeles, calling Amazing Grace “One of the greatest concerts ever put to film. As we know,
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Official Trailer for Aretha Franklin's 'Amazing Grace' Concert from 1972

"Entering the venue unobtrusively, she smiles briefly, gathers herself for a moment and then starts to sing. Gently at first, but then ever more powerfully... Her voice begins to carry the audience away into the infinity of paradise." Neon has unveiled an official trailer for the concert documentary Amazing Grace, the long lost recorded version of Aretha Franklin's unforgettable recording session at a Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1972. Legendary singer and musician Aretha Franklin sang gospel songs from her youth at a church in Los Angeles over two nights to make her album Amazing Grace. The experience was filmed, but never released, due to technical difficulties (mainly with the audio). Now 47 years later it's ready and just as incredible to behold now as it was back then. I saw this at the Berlin Film Festival and it's like nothing else. "Lord Almighty this film is magic, just pure musical magic,
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‘Amazing Grace’ Trailer: One Of Aretha Franklin’s Greatest Recordings Will Finally Be Seen After 47 Years

Aretha Franklin was a musical icon that was on top of the world for decades thanks to her incredible vocal talents. And one of the most revered works she ever produced was the album “Amazing Grace,” which was recorded live in a Baptist church in 1972. And while the whole experience was filmed, the footage was never completed and thus, never released. Until now.

Read More: Director Sydney Pollack’s Aretha Franklin Concert Doc ‘Amazing Grace’ Will Finally Be Released

And as seen in the new trailer for “Amazing Grace,” the film is fairly straightforward.

Continue reading ‘Amazing Grace’ Trailer: One Of Aretha Franklin’s Greatest Recordings Will Finally Be Seen After 47 Years at The Playlist.
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Aretha Franklin’s Angelic Voice in ‘Amazing Grace’ Trailer Will Give You Chills (Video)

Aretha Franklin’s Angelic Voice in ‘Amazing Grace’ Trailer Will Give You Chills (Video)
Aretha Franklin gets through barely the first two words of “Amazing Grace” before the audience in the Baptist Church she’s performing to are left stupefied.

You can see as she quietly and without fanfare steps up to a podium with a microphone and begins to sing that people are shaking their heads and rubbing their eyes in sheer disbelief at what they’re hearing and seeing, this angelic voice singing among the most spiritual of anthems.

The documentary “Amazing Grace” features footage — that due to legal issues was never before seen by the public — of Franklin recording her mega gospel album “Amazing Grace” live inside a church in South Los Angeles. Sydney Pollack captured the footage in 1972, and Alan Elliott realized the completed film.

Also Read: Nat Geo's 'Genius' Finds Showrunner for Aretha Franklin Season

The legendary Queen of Soul was just 29 when she recorded the album
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‘Amazing Grace’ Trailer: Aretha Franklin’s Long Lost Concert Doc Will Blow You Away

‘Amazing Grace’ Trailer: Aretha Franklin’s Long Lost Concert Doc Will Blow You Away
For Aretha Franklin fans across the world, the upcoming theatrical release of “Amazing Grace” is the year’s most important movie event. The concert documentary spent years being held up for legal reasons but is finally being rolled out in theaters next month following an awards-qualifying release in December.

Amazing Grace” documents the making of Franklin’s gospel album of the same name, which she recorded live at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles during January 1972. The critically acclaimed album has sold over two million copies in the United States alone, making it the biggest seller of Franklin’s entire career and the best-selling gospel album in music history.

In his B+ review published last fall, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn hailed “Amazing Grace” as a “rousing portrait” of the soul singer. “As a record of the church music from Franklin’s youth, cascading off the walls of
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Aretha Franklin Lost Concert Film Hits Theaters in April

Tony Sokol Mar 4, 2019

The Queen of Soul laid down a night of spiritual music for the Gospel classic Amazing Grace, now we can see the show.

Aretha Franklin wasn't only the Queen of Soul. She was part of a legendary legacy which raised racial consciousness through that old time religion. One of the most spiritual performers on stage, her voice and her piano were possessed of the gift of happy telepathy, even on the saddest of songs. Her live gospel album from 1972 Amazing Grace, revealed the holy spirit of soul music. It is the highest-selling gospel album of all time. The long-suppressed documentary the concert, Amazing Grace gets a nationwide release on April 5th, 2019.

Filmmaker Sydney Pollack caught Aretha performing the live album Amazing Grace. She played The New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles backed by the Reverend James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir, along with some Atlantic Records musicians,
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‘Mike Wallace is Here’ Review: A Complicated Portrait of a Public Figure

‘Mike Wallace is Here’ Review: A Complicated Portrait of a Public Figure
One of the emerging trends in the films at this year’s True/False documentary film festival in Columbia, Missouri has been curated footage. Several of the films at this year’s festival, like Apollo 11, Amazing Grace and now director Avi Belkin’s film Mike Wallace is Here, are made up entirely of archival content, either presented in […]

The post ‘Mike Wallace is Here’ Review: A Complicated Portrait of a Public Figure appeared first on /Film.
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‘Amazing Grace’ Review: The Legendary Aretha Franklin Takes Us to Church in a Glorious, Long-Lost Concert Documentary

‘Amazing Grace’ Review: The Legendary Aretha Franklin Takes Us to Church in a Glorious, Long-Lost Concert Documentary
That the Aretha Franklin concert documentary Amazing Grace exists at all is something of a miracle. It was originally filmed by Sydney Pollack to accompany the recording of her live 1972 gospel album of the same name. Franklin’s album would go on to sell two million copies. The film, however, went unseen for 46 years. […]

The post ‘Amazing Grace’ Review: The Legendary Aretha Franklin Takes Us to Church in a Glorious, Long-Lost Concert Documentary appeared first on /Film.
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Aretha Franklin’s 1972 Gospel Triumph ‘Amazing Grace’ Coming to Vinyl

Aretha Franklin’s 1972 Gospel Triumph ‘Amazing Grace’ Coming to Vinyl
In January 1972, Aretha Franklin went back to where it all started. Over two days at Los Angeles’ New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, she gave audiences – which included Clara Ward and Mick Jagger – a glimpse of what she learned in the Detroit church of her father, Reverend C.L. Franklin. The resulting live album, Amazing Grace, sold 2 million copies and won a Grammy. Executive producer Jerry Wexler, himself an atheist, said the album “relates to religious music in much the same way Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel relates to religious art. In terms of scope and depth,
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Berlin Film Festival 2019 Winners: Nadav Lapid’s ‘Synonyms’ Takes Golden Bear; Full List Of Winners

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Berlin Film Festival 2019 Winners: Nadav Lapid’s ‘Synonyms’ Takes Golden Bear; Full List Of Winners
Updated with full list of winners: The Berlin Film Festival crowned its winners tonight at a ceremony in the Berlinale Palast. Big winners included Synonyms (Synonymes), which took home the festival’s top prize Golden Bear for Best Film and By the Grace of God, which won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize. I Was at Home, But won the Best Director accolade, and there was a double hit in the acting categories for the Republic of China’s So Long, My Son, which won Best Actor for Wang Jingchun and Best Actress for Yong Mei. Scroll down for a full list of winners.

Golden Bear Best Film winner Synonyms, a French-German-Israeli co-production, was an early favorite at the festival, launching first-timer actor Tom Mercier in the breakout role of a young Israeli man who tries to reinvent himself in Paris, with the help of a Franco-Israeli dictionary that gives the film its title.
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Berlinale 2019: Aretha Franklin's 'Amazing Grace' Concert Doc is Magic

Lord Almighty this film is magic, just pure musical magic. Aretha Franklin is a goddess. But we all know that already, right? She is truly one of the greatest singers of all time. The moment she opens her mouth and begins to sing, everything else in the world suddenly goes quiet, there's peace and harmony, you can feel this great power of calm and goodness. Amazing Grace is a long lost film from 1972, finally fully restored and released for us to bask in glory and brilliance. I had the pleasure of watching this documentary film at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival, and it's just wonderful. Watching this joyful performance filled me with so much goodness and happiness and all I wanted to do after is dance around the streets all day. Can I get an Amen? In 1972, after recording 20 albums and winning numerous Grammys, Aretha Franklin decided to record a live
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Aretha Franklin concert doc 'Amazing Grace' sells to Studiocanal (exclusive)

Studiocanal takes UK, Australia and New Zealand; Endeavor also inks Japan and Israel.

Ahead of the film’s European premiere at the Berlinale, Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace has been picked up by Studiocanal for the UK and Australia / New Zealand.

Worldwide sales representative Endeavor Content has also sold Japan to Gaga and Israel to United King.

Neon previously picked up North American rights to the concert film, which has taken 47 years to be completed.

It depicts the 1972 concert when Franklin performed with James Cleveland & The Southern California Community Choir at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles.
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Grammys 2019: See Aretha Franklin’s Diva-Worthy Tribute

Grammys 2019: See Aretha Franklin’s Diva-Worthy Tribute
Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day teamed up to honor the late Queen of Soul with a stirring rendition of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles Sunday night. The three women stood side by side as they each took verses, first Adams, then Fantasia then Day. Each of the women put their own unique, soulful and at times fiery touches on the soul standard. It ended on a brilliant high as the three singers harmonized “woman.” The song was
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Danny Glover, Bobby Brown Celebrate Aretha Franklin at Documentary 'Amazing Grace' Premiere

Danny Glover, Bobby Brown Celebrate Aretha Franklin at Documentary 'Amazing Grace' Premiere
Six months after Aretha Franklin's death, never-before-seen footage is giving fans a deeper look at one of the Queen of Soul's biggest albums. 

Amazing Grace, a 90-minute documentary that goes inside the recording of Franklin's 1972 album of the same name, premiered at the Pan African Film and Arts Festival on Thursday night, kicking off 12 days of films at the DGA Theatre in Los Angeles.

Franklin recorded "Amazing Grace" at The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, and the live album would go on to become the top-selling gospel record of all time. The performance ...
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