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NMAAM: Amazing Grace – Nashville Premiere
April 9 @ 6:30 pm
Screening of the Aretha Franklin film “Amazing Grace” at the Belcourt Theatre.
The National Museum of African American Music, in
partnership with NEON, the International Black Film Festival and The Recording Academy, will
present the first public screening of “AMAZING GRACE,” a feature-length live taping of Aretha
Franklin’s 1972 gospel concert, at the Belcourt Theatre on Tuesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m.
“The producers of ‘AMAZING GRACE’ are proud to partner with the National Museum of
African American Music, The Recording Academy, NEON and the International Black Film
Festival to highlight the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin,” said Tirrell Whittley, CEO of Liquid
Soul, producers of the documentary. “Ms. Franklin is a national treasure that we celebrate
through this film, and presenting it in Nashville is only fitting with the city’s strong contributions
to the music industry, particularly gospel music.”
Originally filmed in 1972, “AMAZING GRACE” is a captivating depiction of Aretha Franklin in
the prime of her career. Named aptly after one of the highest-selling live gospel music albums of
all time, the concert combines gospel staples and Franklin’s legendary hits. A panel discussion
featuring NMAAM senior curator Dr. Dina Bennett will immediately follow the film’s
“In light of Aretha’s incomparable legacy and impact on American music, NMAAM is proud to
screen ‘AMAZING GRACE,’” said Bennett, NMAAM senior curator and event panelist. “The
documentary allows audiences to experience the soulful influences of Aretha Franklin, who grew
up immersed in the African American church. In returning to her spiritual roots, Aretha is at her
best in establishing a communal relationship with viewers and in demonstrating the all-
consuming, compelling force of gospel music.”
This event has been sold out, however you may purchase tickets at the Belcourt Theater. The movie opens on April 19.
The National Museum of African American Music, set to open in early 2020, will be the only
museum dedicated solely to preserving African American music traditions and celebrating the
influence African Americans have had on music. Based in Nashville, Tenn., the museum will
share the story of the American soundtrack by integrating history and interactive technology to
bring musical heroes of the past into the present. For more information, please visit