Little Richard: I Am Everything

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Little Richard: I Am Everything

Q&A with director Lisa Cortés, moderated by The Hollywood Reporter's Abbey White

Lisa Cortés’ Sundance opening night documentary tells the story of the Black Queer origins of rock n’ roll, exploding the whitewashed canon of American pop music to reveal the innovator—the originator—Richard Penniman. Through a wealth of archive and performance that brings us into Richard’s complicated inner world, the film unspools the icon’s life story with all its switchbacks and contradictions. In interviews with family, musicians, and cutting-edge Black and Queer scholars, the film reveals how Richard created an art form for ultimate self-expression, yet what he gave to the world he was never able to give to himself.

Ticket price includes free entry to the annual JBFC Pride parking lot party—with food-trucks, bar, and WFUV DJ Benham Jones. 5.30–7.30 pm Media Arts Lab parking lot (405 Manville Rd)

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"Through the raunchy power of his singular music and the undeniable ebullience of his soul, he has the ability to transform even the squarest of spaces into something powerful, crucial, and unlike anything you’ve ever seen before."
Oliver Jones, The Observer
"A gripping and erudite polemic about the musical and cultural importance of Little Richard."
Kevin Meyer , The Times (UK)


Q&A with director Lisa Cortés, moderated by The Hollywood Reporter's Abbey White
Thursday, Jun. 1 2023, 7:30
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  • Lisa Cortés is an Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy-winning film producer and celebrated director. The film Precious (2009), which she executive produced, received the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize for best drama at the Sundance Film Festival. Marking the acting debut of Gabourey Sidibe, the film was nominated for six Academy Awards® and won two. The Apollo, a 2019 HBO documentary, explores African-American cultural and political history through the story of the legendary Apollo Theater. Her directorial debut, The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion (2020), traces the impact of street fashion and African American creativity on global cultural trends. Cortés, who received her B.A. from Yale University, uses her gift for filmmaking to bring diverse and untold stories to light and has been distinguished by her commitment to empowering inclusive voices.
  • Abbey White is an associate editor and news writer for The Hollywood Reporter’s digital team, where they also report, edit and web produce features spanning film, TV, awards, theater, animation, children's & family, inclusion and more. A Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY alum, they’ve been recognized as a 2022 Curve Emerging Journalist, ASME Awards finalist, National A&E Journalism Awards winner, and GLAAD Media Award nominee, among other honors.
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This film is part of the Pride: A Celebration Of Queer Stories series.

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