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Toronto Film Fest Won’t Screen Aretha Franklin Doc Either

Toronto Film Fest Won't Screen Aretha Franklin Doc Either

The Toronto International Film Festival has cancelled its upcoming September 12 screening of Sydney Pollack’s finally completed Aretha Franklin concert doc “Amazing Grace.”

The news arrives just after a Colorado federal judge granted the injunction to block Telluride’s planned screening on September 4. Franklin’s attorneys argue that Pollack—who died in 2008, over three decades after shooting the film in 1972—said he wouldn’t use the footage he shot of Franklin without her consent.

As reported out of Telluride over the weekend, after a 90-minute hearing, the judge stated that Franklin had granted permission to shoot “Amazing Grace” but producer Alan Elliot, who grabbed rights to the movie in 1998, needed her permission to release the film and did not have it.

Toronto, which will instead screen “Northern Soul,” issued the following statement Tuesday:

We are extremely disappointed that Toronto audiences will not be able to see this extraordinary piece of art. The footage in the film is truly a cinematic treasure of twentieth century music and we hope global audiences will have opportunity to experience this film once a resolution is found.

READ MORE: Aretha Franklin Blocks Screening of ‘Amazing Grace’ at Telluride

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