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DOC NYC hosts World Premiere of Aretha Franklin Story
October 25 – November 7, 2018
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In January 1972, the late Aretha Franklin performed at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles. In two days, the Queen of Soul recorded what would become her bestselling album, “Amazing Grace.” Finally, almost 50 years later, the public will now be able to see the documentary of the session, “Amazing Grace.”

“It’s an excellent film. I see it as very pure,” said Sabrina Owens, a niece of Franklin and executor of the estate.

A film crew led by Sydney Pollack captured the sessions and before Pollack’s death in 2008, he expressed a wish for the film be completed.  And, producer Alan Elliott did just that with the 87-minute documentary.

“Amazing Grace” will premiere November 12 at the DOC NYC, a documentary film festival in Manhattan,  Laemmle’s Monica Film Center in Los Angeles November 20-27, and back in New York at the Film Forum December 7-14, in time for national award considerations. Producers hope to soon announce a distribution deal for a wide theatrical release in 2019.
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