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Aretha Franklin Lawsuit: Producer Agrees Not to Screen ‘Amazing Grace’ for 30 Days

Alan Elliott, producer of the documentary “Amazing Grace,” has agreed not to hold screenings of the film or show footage of a 1972 Aretha Franklin concert for 30 days, after the singer sued after he showed the movie to prospective buyers at the Toronto Film Festival.

The agreement was filed in U.S. District Court in Denver on Tuesday, where Franklin filed an amended complaint over the weekend. The latest agreement, according to a court filing, is a prelude to efforts to settle the dispute.

The documentary is based on footage of a 1972 Franklin concert shot by Sydney Pollack, as part of an uncompleted project.

“Promptly entering this Stipulated Order will avoid the need for a contested temporary restraining order hearing on short notice, and will preserve the status quo for at least thirty days, allowing the Parties to begin good faith negotiations to resolve this dispute while eliminating the uncertainty and distrust that currently permeates the situation,” Franklin’s attorney, Reid Neureiter, wrote in a court filing.

Franklin won a temporary restraining order earlier this month that forced the Telluride Film Festival to drop a planned screening, as have other festivals. She contends that a quitclaim agreement attached to 1972 concert footage requires that she authorize its release.

News of the agreement was first reported in the Hollywood Reporter.

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