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At Long Last

After Years of Legal Limbo, Queen of Soul Sings Againy

LOS ANGELES--One of Hollywood’s holy grails, “Amazing Grace,” capturing what is considered to be Aretha Franklin’s most transcendent gospel performance, is headed to theaters 46 years after it was filmed.

Her fans need to see this film, which is so pure and so joyous,

“Her fans need to see this film, which is so pure and so joyous,” Sabrina Owens, Miss Franklin’s niece and the executor of the Franklin estate, said in an interview. “And the world needs to see it. Our country, it’s in such a state right now.” She declined to comment on terms of the deal. Freed from legal entanglements--Miss Franklin, who died in August, sued repeatedly over the years to block its release--“Amazing Grace” will have its world premiere next Monday, Nov. 12, in New York at Doc NYC, a festival dedicated to nonfiction cinema. To qualify for the 2019 Academy Awards, the 87-minute film will then receive one-week runs in Los Angeles in November and in New York in December. Alan Elliott, one of the film’s producers, said “Amazing Grace” would most likely arrive in wide release in January, perhaps coinciding with Martin Luther King’s Birthday.

“We want to honor her legacy,” Mr. Elliott said in a separate interview. “Her artistry and her genius are alive in every frame.” ..To read more, subscribe to the blackchronicle newspaper