“Amazing” movie about Aretha starts Ebertfest

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Legendary artist Aretha Franklin will be featured in the 21st annual Ebertfest.

Amazing Grace was shot nearly 50-years ago and has been stored in a vault for decades. Now, newly restored and released, it will kick off this year’s event, followed by a live performance of a community choir.

Film critic Odie Henderson, in a four-star review of Amazing Grace for Rogerebert.com, called the film “a powerful love letter to the black church, offering a soul-shaking introduction for the unfamiliar and a grandmotherly yank of the arm for those who know – it drags you from the theater straight into the pews.”

The undisputed Queen of Soul passed away August 16, 2018, at the age of 76, from a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor.

The event takes place April 10 – 13. Ebert festival passes, covering all screenings, are available for $150 plus processing. A four-pack of passes can be purchased for $510, or 15 percent off. Additionally, a small number of UI student passes will be made available at $100 each.

Tickets for individual movies will be available April 1, after the full schedule is announced.  

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