Church groups have been invited to host their own cinema screening of Amazing Grace – and receive £100 for doing so.
The film features never-before-seen footage of Aretha Franklin recording her 1972 live album of the same name, which went on to become the best-selling live gospel album of all time.
Intimately filmed in a the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles, before a local congregation in January 1972 and brought to screens just as it was recorded almost 50 years ago, the film sees Franklin share her deeply personal renditions of many powerful gospel songs, including What A Friend We Have In Jesus and Precious Lord Take My Hand.
Singing at the church pulpit, with a cross in front of her and a mural of Jesus behind her, she uses her amazing vocal mastery and artistic excellence not to draw attention to herself but rather to draw out the message of the music.
Ethos Media, thanks to an arrangement with the film distributors, is now inviting church groups to host their own outreach screening of the film in their local cinema at a date and time of their choosing and, if they do, they will receive a £100 gift that can be used towards the screening or towards their church or a charity of their choice.
To find out more or to host your own screening, see: www.EthosMedia.org/AmazingGrace
Picture: Aretha Franklin in a scene of the documentary Amazing Grace. (DPA/PA).