Aretha Franklin Doc 'Amazing Grace' To Open 2019 Ebertfest
Aretha Franklin pictured in Central Park, New York City, 1968. CREDIT: Heilemann/Camera Press/Redux

Aretha Franklin Doc ‘Amazing Grace’ To Open 2019 Ebertfest

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CHAMPAIGN, IL (CelebrityAccess) – The Aretha Franklin concert film Amazing Grace is set to open this year’s Roger Ebert film festival in Champaign-Urbana, reports The Associated Press.

The recently restored 1972 film directed by Sydney Pollack has reportedly been stored in a vault for decades.

Organized by the College of Media at the University of Illinois, Ebertfest, which honors Ebert, the late Chicago Sun-Times film critic and Illinois graduate, will take place April 10 to 13 at Champaign’s Virginia Theatre.

The screening will be followed by a live community choir performance, which Ebertfest co-founder Chaz Ebert says will kick off the year’s festivities on “a glorious, gospel-infused high note.”

Franklin died in August of 2018 from pancreatic cancer. She was 76.