*For the past two years, organizers at the Telluride Film Festival have been battling Aretha Franklin over their desire to screen “Amazing Grace,” director Sydney Pollack’s 1972 documentary that chronicles the recording of her classic live album of the same name.
Officials with the festival now say that they have given up on trying to make it happen … for now.
“I think that Aretha out-arm wrestled me too much,” Telluride executive director Julie Huntsinger said in an interview about this year’s lineup, which, again, did not include the film.
In 2015, Franklin sued to prevent a planned public screening of the film at the fest. In a complaint against Telluride filed in U.S. District Court in Colorado, the Queen of Soul contended that the 1972 footage “was taken with the express understanding that it would not be used commercially without agreement and consent by Ms. Franklin.” Plans to exhibit the movie, Franklin’s complaint read, were in violation of that quitclaim agreement she had with the film’s producer, Alan Elliott.
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