One Night Only!
“Wildly entertaining”—Hollywood Reporter
. “Exhilarating”—Chicago Reader
. Those words are all literally about the great new documentary about Little Richard…but they equally perfectly describe the man himself. Director Lisa Cortés’ Little Richard: I Am Everything
tells the story of the Black queer origins of rock n’ roll, exploding the whitewashed canon of American pop music to reveal the innovator – the originator
– Richard Penniman. Through a wealth of archive material and performances that bring us into Richard’s complicated inner world, the film unspools the icon’s life story with all its switchbacks and contradictions. In interviews with family, musicians, and cutting-edge Black and queer scholars, Little Richard reveals how the man created an art form for ultimate self-expression. Yet what he gave to the world he was never able to give to himself. Throughout his life, Richard careened like a shiny cracked pinball between God, sex, and rock n’ roll. The world tried to put him in a box, but Richard was an omni being who contained multitudes – he was unabashedly everything.
Tuesday, April 11
This film is eligible for the Youth Arts Access Fund