Magazine article Screen International

Producers Pull Aretha Franklin Documentary 'Amazing Grace' from Toronto

Magazine article Screen International

Producers Pull Aretha Franklin Documentary 'Amazing Grace' from Toronto

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The filmmakers acted after a Colorado judge on Friday granted the soul diva an injunction blocking the Telluride world premiere of Amazing Grace.

Franklin filed papers last week arguing that she never gave permission for public viewing of footage shot in 1972 by the late Sydney Pollack while she performed at the Missionary Baptist Church in the South Central Los Angeles district of Watts.

On Friday, Toronto top brass held firm despite the development at Telluride and said they planned to go ahead with the screening.

But shortly afterwards Chicago Film Festival hierarchy announced they were pulling Amazing Grace from their October event.

"We are extremely disappointed that Toronto audiences will not be able to see this extraordinary piece of art," Toronto International Film Festival organisers said in a statement. …

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