30-day hold put on Aretha doc­u­men­tary

Toronto Star - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The pro­ducer of the Aretha Franklin doc­u­men­tary Amaz­ing Grace has agreed not to show the film for the next month as he and the Queen of Soul try to re­solve their dis­pute over the work.

Ear­lier this month, a fed­eral judge in Den­ver halted a screen­ing of the film about a 1972 Franklin gospel con­cert in Los An­ge­les just hours be­fore it was to be shown at the Telluride Film Fes­ti­val. Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, pro­ducer Alan El­liott then agreed to with­draw the film from the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, but lawyers for Franklin claim he held a screen­ing for the fes­ti­val’s ex­hibitors and film dis­trib­u­tors on Satur­day.

Franklin has long ob­jected to the film and she sued El­liott in 2011 to pre­vent a prior show­ing of the movie.

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