Aretha Franklin Documentary Pulled From Film Festival

A documentary about Aretha Franklin’s 1972 performance at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, has been shot down from being shown at the Telluride Film Festival in Toronto.

The documentary entitled, Amazing Grace,  contains footage obtained in 2008 by producer Alan Elliot from Warner Bros. Studios.  To use the footage, Elliot was required to get approval from Franklin, which he never did.

U.S. District Judge John Kane told The Hollywood Reporter his decision was an easy one and said, “He had to have permission from her and he didn’t.  He went ahead without having her consent.”  Kane continued, “She’s under no obligation to give them permission.”

Franklin’s lawyer, Fred Fresard, told THR, “Aretha Franklin has spent over 50 years developing her art.  Congress passed laws to protect artists like her.  The producers need to get her permission.  So we think this was the right decision and we are very happy with the result.”

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