Her Long-Lost Film Re­leased

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BACK IN 1972, the Queen of Soul shot a con­cert doc­u­men­tary, Amaz­ing Grace, fea­tur­ing her per­for­mances of gospel clas­sics. After decades of le­gal wran­gling over its rights, the film is fi­nally see­ing the light of day. It’s re­ceiv­ing a lim­ited re­lease in NYC and LA to qual­ify for Os­car nom­i­na­tions be­fore go­ing out na­tion­ally next year. “Aretha al­ways wanted to be a movie star, and we feel this is her chance to be a movie star,” says pro­ducer Alan El­liott. For Aretha’s loved ones, the film brings back cher­ished mem­o­ries. “When all of her sib­lings passed away [by 2002], she stepped in and be­came our sur­ro­gate mother, our rock and our foun­da­tion,” says nephew Vaughn Franklin. “She helped us mourn and get over our grief, so when­ever I can see her now, it feels like she’s reach­ing out to me. It’s def­i­nitely help­ing us as a fam­ily to heal and move on.”

“The church is my back­ground,” Aretha said. “It’s a nat­u­ral set­ting for me, and it’s def­i­nitely my roots.”

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