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"Amazing Grace" Screening with Michelle Materre and Marcus Turner

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"Amazing Grace" Screening with Michelle Materre and Marcus Turner

  • Jacob Burns Center 364 Manville Road Pleasantville, NY, 10570 United States (map)

Michelle Materre moderates “Amazing Grace” screening at Jacob Burns Center in conversation with Marcus Turner, assistant professor of Film Production, The New School and independent filmmaker. Crafted from never-before-seen footage originally shot in 1972, Amazing Grace documents the recording of Aretha Franklin’s seminal and acclaimed gospel album of the same name. Recorded live at New Temple Baptist Missionary Church in Watts, California in front of a lively congregation, Sydney Pollack’s film was eventually abandoned after an issue with syncing the sound prevented its release. Now, over 45 years later, digital technology has made it possible to match sound to picture, giving Pollack’s long-lost film a new life. Over two nights, Pollack dutifully captured Aretha Franklin’s virtuosic performance, which pulses with emotion, conviction, and awe-inspiring power. Amazing Grace exists as both a living historical document and a necessary addendum to the Queen of Soul’s legacy.