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Aretha Franklin Lives on in New Documentary - The Color Brief March 8

Aretha Franklin Lives on in New Documentary - The Color Brief March 8

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 The late Aretha Franklin, who passed away last August, is headed to the big screen.  The documentary Amazing Grace will open in New York and Los Angeles on April 5 before a wide release.

The film was shot in 1972 and was originally intended as a companion piece to the live gospel album of the same name.  The new cut of the film premiered at the DOC NYC festival late last year.  

Amazing Grace features a stirring performance from a 29-year-old Franklin, singing in collaboration with the New Bethel Baptist Church Choir in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Technical and legal issues sidelined the film’s release.  But last November, producer Alan Elliott worked with the family to bring the concert film to the masses.

Critical mass thus far suggests Amazing Grace is a testament to Franklin’s legacy and is essential viewing for longtime fans.

In other news… 

There are more documentary announcements this week:

-      I Am Richard Pryor, an exploration of the late comedian’s life, debuts on Paramount Network and Comedy Central March 15.

-      A feature documentary about D’Angelo, Devil’s Pie: D’Angelo, will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, which kicks off April 24 in New York City.

Comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish has signed a new deal with United Talent Agency.  She has a slew of projects on tap, including Limited Partners, a comedy film featuring Rose Byrne and Salma Hayek, and she’s prepping a one-hour standup special for Netflix.

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