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Amazing Grace

Directed by: Sydney Pollack & Allan Elliot | 2019 | 1h 27m | Unrated

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O Cinema North Beach

500 71st St, Miami Beach (786) 207-1919

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• Adults – $11.00
• Older Adults (62+ years old w/ valid ID) – $9.50
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A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.

In January 1972, Aretha Franklin gave two days of gospel performances at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles, recording what would become her best selling album, Amazing Grace. The sessions were captured by a film crew led by Sydney Pollack, but the footage wound up shelved in a vault and has remained one of the lost cinematic treasures of twentieth-century music. Before Pollack’s death in 2008, he expressed a wish for the film to be completed, and producer Alan Elliott took it up with a team of supporters as a passion project. AMAZING GRACE lets the events unfold on film without imposing present-day interviews.

LIVE PERFORMANCE – Sunday, April 28th @ 4:30pm

Preceding the screening of AMAZING GRACE on Sunday, April 28th at 4:30pm, attendees will enjoy a brief live performance by Tenor Kunya Rowley, Artistic Director of Hued Songs. Hued Songs seeks to highlight the musical bodies of work by African American composers or inspired by African American history, culture, or literature.

“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. The woman practically eulogizes herself. Don’t bother with tissues. Bring a towel.”
– NEW YORK TIMES

“Aretha Franklin didn’t transcend the gospel or gospel music; as first her album and now this marvelous documentary remind us, she did more than most to fulfill its potential for truth and beauty, devotion and art.”
– LOS ANGELES TIMES

“The effect is ecstatic; she sounds like the holiest of trumpets, with every note piercingly bright yet as soft as velvet. Listening to Franklin, you feel like you could ride that voice into the heavens. She’s not just a singer, she’s a human chariot.”
– VARIETY

“This film is a powerful love letter to the Black Church, offering a soul-shaking introduction for the unfamiliar and a grandmotherly yank of the arm for those who know—it drags you from the theater straight into the pews.”
– ROGEREBERT.COM

“Amazing Grace is a movie worth seeing and re-seeing and re-seeing again, a testament to the Queen of Soul at the height of her powers, live, in full color, in rich sound, resplendent.”
– THEWRAP