Crafted from never-before-seen footage originally shot in 1972, Amazing Grace documents the recording of Aretha Franklin’s seminal and acclaimed gospel album of the same name. Recorded live at New Temple Baptist Missionary Church in Watts, California in front of a lively congregation, Sydney Pollack’s film was eventually abandoned after an issue with syncing the sound prevented its release. Now, over 45 years later, digital technology has made it possible to match sound to picture, giving Pollack’s long-lost film a new life. Over two nights, Pollack dutifully captured Aretha Franklin’s virtuosic performance, which pulses with emotion, conviction, and awe-inspiring power. Amazing Grace exists as both a living historical document and a necessary addendum to the Queen of Soul’s legacy.
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Q&A Professor of Media Studies and Film at the New School Michelle Materre with Assistant Professor of Film Production at The New School and Independent Filmmaker Marcus Turner
Friday, Apr. 19 2019, 7:00
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“You get both the most lovely gaze a professional camera's ever laid upon Aretha Franklin and some of the mightiest singing she's ever laid on you.”
This film is part of the REMIX: The Black Experience in Film, Media, and Art series.
This series is presented with generous support from: