Thursday, December 12, 2019
May 14 - 16, 5:30 & 7:30
In January 1972, at the height of her popularity, soul singer Aretha Franklin returned to her gospel roots and presented two concerts at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, which were filmed by new director (at the time) Sydney Pollock. The resulting soundtrack has become her best selling album and is the best selling gospel music album ever. Unfortunately a serious technical error sent the original footage to a storage vault, with problems that were finally resolved in the digital era through the work of project supervisor Alan Elliot. But Ms Franklin refused to allow the finished film to be screened; only after her death last year were her heirs able to watch the film, and they gave permission to release it to the public. This is a thrilling and transcendent concert film of a masterful performer in her prime.