Aretha Franklin concert film 'Amazing Grace' finally getting release
The long- buried concert film premieres next week in New York
Aretha Franklin's long-buried concert film "Amazing Grace" is finally set to see the light of day.
Variety reports the documentary, which chronicled her 1972 performance at a South Central Los Angeles church, will premiere Nov. 12 at the DOC NYC festival, and will follow with week-long Oscar-qualifying runs in New York City and Los Angeles.
No Detroit release has been set.
The "Amazing Grace" album, taken from the same performance, was released in June 1972. It is the best-selling album of Franklin's career and the best-selling gospel album of all-time.
The "Amazing Grace" film has been a holy grail for music lovers for years. The film has fallen victim to legal hand-wringing in recent years, and a planned 2015 release was shelved at the eleventh hour over questions of the film's use of Franklin's likeness.
Earlier, the footage from the film — which was reportedly mired with technical issues — had languished in storage. The late Sydney Pollack shot the initial footage, the rights to which later changed hands; the film will be released without a director's credit, since the parties who worked to restore it were unsure of whether Pollack should retain credit on a project he did not see to completion, Variety reports.
The film was screened recently to members of Franklin's family at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, where the reaction was overwhelmingly positive.
A trailer for the film can be viewed here.