Brian McCollum Detroit Free Press Published 8:08 PM EDT Mar 25, 2019 There were no Hollywood klieg lights, no long parade of celebrities, no crush of paparazzi. But it was a movie premiere with meaning — and lots of hometown heart — Monday night as Aretha Franklin’s “Amazing Grace” at last made its Detroit premiere. Hundreds packed the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Detroit Film Theatre for the occasion, most of them guests of the Franklin family, for a glimpse at the critically acclaimed, long-in-the-works gospel concert film. More: Watch live: Aretha Franklin documentary ‘Amazing Grace’ premiere in Detroit More: Premiere of Aretha Franklin film overbooked; second screening to be held Tuesday “If they’ve never been to church, they’ll go to church,” said the late singer’s son Kecalf Franklin. “Watching the movie, it’s easy to forget it was made in Southern California. I felt like it was in Detroit. That’s how close to home it is.” Ahead of the evening screening, a couple of hundred guests gathered for a soiree at the nearby Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, where the lively mood sharply contrasted with the last notable Aretha Franklin gathering there — her public viewing in August. “There wasn’t a… Read full this story
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