Amazing Grace (May FREE Member Event) See All Screenings

Fri May 17
  • Fri May 17
7:00 pm Member

Midnight weekend screenings happen on Friday & Saturday nights (meaning arrive on Friday and/or Saturday night by 11:45pm for seating, the movie starts after midnight)!

Exhibitions on Screen co-hosted with BAAM, Faith & Film co-hosted with the West Parish Congregational Church and May Member Free Event

Director: Sydney Pollack Run Time: 87 min. Rating: G

Starring: Aretha Franklin, James Cleveland, Sydney Pollack

The late director Sydney Pollack’s behind-the-scenes documentary about the recording of Aretha Franklin’s best-selling album Amazing Grace finally sees the light of day more than four decades after the original footage was shot.

May 7th, 6:30pm Social, 7pm Film, Open to all

Amazing Grace is presented in partnership with BAAM’s Exhibition on Screen series and the West Parish Congregational Church’s Faith and Film series. Amazing Grace captures the astounding gospel performance of Aretha Franklin as she sings at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1972.

Aretha Franklin recorded her live album Amazing Grace over the course of two days at this venue. The album went on to become the highest-selling gospel music album of all time. Sydney Pollack captured the performance on film, but was unable to complete it because he did not use a clapperboard to help synchronize the sound and picture at the beginning of each take. Before his death in 2008, he turned the footage over to producer, Alan Elliot, who succeeded in synchronizing the sound and picture after many years of work.

We now get to enjoy Aretha Franklin’s concert film right here in Bethel on May 17th! Please join us at The Gem for this amazing event!

Tickets: $8 General, $6 Seniors, Kids, Military & Free for Gem members (May FREE Members event)

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