Special Screenings

Opening Night

Amazing Grace
Date: Thursday, February 7
Time: 6:00 pm Red Carpet | 7:30 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, Charlie Watts and Mick Jagger.

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Little Woods
Directed By: Nia DaCosta
Date: Wednesday, February 13
Time: 5:45 pm Red Carpet | 6:45 pm Screening & Reception
A modern Western that tells the story of two sisters, Ollie and Deb, who are driven to work outside the law to better their lives. For years, Ollie has illicitly helped the struggling residents of her North Dakota oil boomtown access Canadian health care and medication. When the authorities catch on, she plans to abandon her crusade, only to be dragged in even deeper after a desperate plea for help from Deb.

Stars: Tessa Thompson, Lance Reddick, Lily James and Luke Kirby.

Closing Night

Directed By: Wes Miller
Date: Sunday, February 17
Time: 6:00 pm Red Carpet | 7:00 pm Screening & Reception
After losing the love of her life, Laura Bishop, an ex-special operations soldier, has lost her will to live. Only raising her daughter Kate keeps her going. Having given up her career as a soldier, her goal is to expend the least amount of energy possible to get by. She takes a security job at a mega-church–a place she thought would not require much effort. Contrary to her plan, a team of highly trained and armed terrorists take the church by siege. In keeping with her plan to disengage with life, she heads to notify the police of the take-over until she notices her daughter’s bike laying at the entrance of the church. Rushing back into the church, Laura goes on an all out hunt for her daughter. With highly-trained and coordinated terrorists standing between her and her daughter, Laura’s rage engages her past, setting off a pitched battle that may kill everyone involved.

Stars: Jaqueline Fleming, Columbus Short, Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly, Robert Rusler, Scott Elrod, Genesis Martin,Jackson Rowden, Aspen Kennedy, Curtis Nichouls, Michael Randall

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