Lisa Cortés’ “Little Richard: I Am Every thing” Acquired by Magnolia Photos Out of Sundance

Chances are you’ll not have been in a position to catch the world premiere of “Little Richard: I Am Every thing” at Sundance final week, however it seems like we gained’t have to attend too lengthy to look at Lisa Cortés’ newest doc. Deadline stories that Magnolia Photos snagged worldwide rights to the portrait of the “Tutti-Fruitti” singer with plans to launch the movie in April. HBO Max holds home and worldwide SVOD streaming rights.

Exec produced by “Mudbound” writer-director Dee Rees, “Little Richard: I Am Every thing” “tells the story of the Black queer origins of rock ‘n’ roll, exploding the whitewashed canon of American pop music to disclose the innovator – the originator – Richard Penniman,” the supply teases. “The docu by means of archive and efficiency supplies follows Little Richard’s switchbacks and contradictions. In interviews with household, musicians, and cutting-edge Black and queer students, the movie reveals how Richard created an artwork kind for final self-expression, but what he gave to the world he was by no means in a position to give to himself. All through his life, Richard careened like a shiny cracked pinball between God, intercourse, and rock ‘n’ roll.”

“Little Richard is the true king of rock ‘n’ roll, the alpha and omega of untamed, rhythm-based music,” mentioned Magnolia Photos President Eamonn Bowles. “Lisa Cortés does the legend proud, getting the true story that celebrates this icon who shook the tradition in so some ways.”

Cortés added, “Rock ‘n’ roll, race, and queerness are core to our tradition — and our tradition wars. Little Richard modified America’s notions of all three. I’m thrilled that Magnolia Photos is bringing this raucous, revolutionary icon to the world at this second, when his journey couldn’t be extra related.”

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Together with Liz Garbus (“What Occurred, Miss Simone?”) Cortés directed the 2020 voting rights doc “All In: The Struggle for Democracy.” She has a documentary about Ebony journal within the works. 



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