Newswire: Aretha Franklin drops part of her Amazing Grace lawsuit

Over the last few days, fans of unreleased footage of people singing soul music and fans of litigation related to unreleased footage of people singing soul music have been on the edge of their seats thanks to Aretha Franklin and a lawsuit holding back the release of Amazing Grace, a documentary culled from concert footage that Franklin never signed off on. The video was filmed by Sydney Pollack, who agreed to never release it without Franklin’s approval, so when a producer named Alan Elliott tried to do just that, Franklin filed a lawsuit to prevent the release of the film. The lawsuit also targeted the Telluride, Toronto, and Chicago film festivals, all of which then canceled their scheduled screenings of Amazing Grace. Over the weekend, though, the people behind the movie reportedly held at least one secret screening for a bunch of representatives from film studios, hoping they could …

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