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BFS presents: Amazing Grace
July 11 @ 7:30pm
Bozeman Film Society brings 2 electrifying .music documentary films to our downtown theaters this July: Amazing Grace and …So Good I Can’t Take It.
Showing 7:30 pm on Thursday, July 11th at the Emerson Crawford Theater is the long-awaited film, Amazing Grace. In January, 1972, legendary singer Aretha Franklin gave two days of gospel performances at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles, recording what would become the best-selling album of her career, Amazing Grace. The sessions were captured by a film crew led by young director Sydney Pollack, but the footage wound up shelved for decades and has remained one of the lost cinematic treasures of twentieth-century music. Until now.
Before Pollack’s death in 2008, he expressed a wish for the film to be completed, and producer Alan Elliot took it up as a passion project. The electrifying resurrected footage in Amazing Grace transcends the decades that have passed since its filming, transporting viewers into the pews of that church in South Central Los Angeles, where The Queen of Soul brought down the house with the help of Reverend James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir over two mesmerizing evenings. Franklin’s fervent, joyful, soul-shattering voice soars and fills the room, imbuing the church audience with an ever-escalating energy to match her own, lifting everyone around her to dizzying heights of ecstatic excitement. Rated G, the film runs 87 minutes. General Admission tickets available at Cactus Records and 6:00 pm day of show in Emerson lobby. $9.25- $9.75 (fees applied to online Cactus tickets.)