Special Screenings

Opening Night

Amazing Grace
Directed By: Sydney Pollack
Date: Thursday, February 7
Time: 6:00 pm Red Carpet | 8:00 pm Screening & Reception
Location: Directors Guild of America, DGA Theater Complex, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90047

In 1972, Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul, brought producer Jerry Wexler, her backup singers, the Reverend James Cleveland, and the legendary Atlantic Records rhythm section to The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, California, to record a gospel music double-album before an enthusiastic live audience. The album, “Amazing Grace”, went on to become the top-selling gospel record of all time, Aretha Franklin’s most successful album, and one of her most beloved works. Few realized that the sessions that produced the album “Amazing Grace” which are certainly among one of the most exciting musical events ever to take place in a church, had also been filmed. But, due to technical problems and conflicts over rights, the electrifying events had not been seen; until now!

Stars: Aretha Franklin, Reverend James Cleveland, Reverend C.L. Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Bernard Purdie, Chuck Rainey, Clara Ward, Mother Ward, Sydney Pollack, Charlie Watts and Mick Jagger.

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A trifecta of entertainment, PAFF’s marquee experiences boast Opening Night, Centerpiece and Closing Night festivities that are like none other! Jam-packed with A-list celebrities, industry tastemakers, community leaders and special invited guests, PAFF marquee events are complete with electrifying red carpets, exclusive film screenings and exciting after-parties! The 2018 Centerpiece was a Special Screening of Black Panther, with a surprise guest appearance by Chadwick Boseman, T’Challa himself!

Closing Night

The grand finale of our festivities. Like Opening Night & Centerpiece this is also a Gala event with red carpet screening, Q&A and after party immediately following.