Film realized by producer Alan Elliott after 46 years in limbo
The long-delayed documentary Amazing Grace, which emerged in late 2018 after 46 years in limbo, has been added to the lineup of the 69th Berlin Film Festival.
The film originally shot in 1972 by Sydney Pollack, and finally put together by producer Alan Elliott decades later, will play out of competition at the Berlinale, the festival announced on Thursday. The documentary, built around Aretha Franklin's live recording of her "Amazing Grace" gospel album, has received a rapturous reception beginning with its surprise debut at DOC NYC in November of last year.
Spike Lee is among the most ardent supporters of the film. In a conversation with Nonfictionfilm.com in December, he described Amazing Grace as "one of the greatest concerts ever put to film."
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on Deadline.com, CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and in Documentary magazine.