Wednesday Films: Amazing Grace

Each Wednesday night we screen a music film, playing the audio through our very nice sound system. Diner by the Izakaya serves up hot ramen, and we’ve got high quality beers from the likes of Hudson Valley Brewing and Evil Twin at the bar. A little about the week’s film:

In 1972, Aretha Franklin sang gospel for two nights at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. She was accompanied by the Southern California Community Choir, which was led by Alexander Hamilton and featured singer James Cleveland on piano, Bernard Purdie on drums and Chuck Rainey on bass. Aretha’s father, the Reverend Clarence LaVaughn Franklin, cheered her on, and Sydney Pollack, then a young director, filmed the concert. For various reasons, the images and soundtrack from this concert were not “married” until 2011, and Aretha’s “Amazing Grace” was not released until 2018. This film was born a legend.

doors at 5pm / film at 8pm / free