Our May 2nd 7:30 p.m. screening will be followed by a post-show discussion with Dr. Ollie Watts Davis, UIUC Professor of Voice and Director of Black Chorus and Ashley M. Davis, M.B.A. Program Director, Business Living Learning Community at UIUC and Director of Music at Grace Fellowship Church, Champaign (IL).
A documentary presenting the live recording of Aretha Franklin’s album Amazing Grace at The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972. (2018, Alan Elliott & Sydney Pollack, USA, English, CC not available, 87 mins, G)
“As a document of an iconic musician’s skills, the film is essential. But Amazing Grace is far more than that: Watching it is a transcendent, spine-tingling, uplifting, utterly joyous experience.” — Anastasia Tsioulcas, NPR
“You don’t need to be a churchgoer to find “Amazing Grace” a soul-stirring, foot-stomping, hand-raising experience.” — Jon Bream, Minneapolis Star Tribune
“A concert documentary lost for decades in technical and legal wranglings but finally brought to the screen with every bead of sweat, every spangle, every soul-squeezing note intact.” — Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly