Aretha Franklin Documentary ‘Amazing Grace’: Helping Her ‘Family to Heal and Move on’

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Aretha Franklin Documentary ‘Amazing Grace’: Helping Her ‘Family to Heal and Move on’
The audience that witnessed Doc NYC’s Monday world premiere of the moving and soulful Aretha Franklin church concert doc “Amazing Grace,” captured on film by Sydney Pollack in 1972, was fortunate indeed. But for actress Gina Gershon and the late Queen of Soul’s nephew Vaughn Franklin, the screening at Manhattan’s Sva Theatre was something far more profound: a family celebration.

“When all of her siblings passed away back-to-back — our aunt Erma, and nine weeks later, my father [in 2002], she stepped in and became our surrogate mother, our rock and our foundation,” said Franklin, who attended the premiere with Sabrina Owens (Aretha’s niece and the film’s exec producer) and two other relatives. “She helped us mourn and get over our grief, so whenever I can see her now, it feels like she’s reaching out to me and telling me certain things in her music. We’re still
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