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Aretha Franklin Doc ‘Amazing Grace’ To Finally Be Released
Aretha Franklin pictured in Central Park, New York City, 1968. CREDIT: Heilemann/Camera Press/Redux

Aretha Franklin Doc ‘Amazing Grace’ To Finally Be Released

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(CelebrityAccess) –Some 46 years after it was shot, the Aretha Franklin concert film “Amazing Grace” will finally be released, according to The Associated Press.

Set to premiere November 12th at the DOC NYC film festival with the support of Franklin’s estate, was primarily shot by Academy Award-winning director and producer Sydney Pollack, and features Franklin’s performance at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in January 1972.

The music from the two performances was released as a landmark double live album in 1972, however, Pollack’s footage never saw the light of day because he failed to sync the sound correctly, reports AP.

Then in 2007, producer Alan Elliot purchased the film’s rights from Pollack and hired a team to find a way to bring the film to fruition. Unfortunately, the finished product has been tied up in lawsuits since then, according to AP, with Franklin herself suing Elliot back in 2011 for planning to release the film without her permission.

Franklin passed away in August. Pollack died in 2008.

Commenting on their decision to move forward with the film’s release, the Franklin estate described “Amazing Grace” as ‘the heart and soul of Aretha Franklin’.

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