Documentary film producer/director Lisa Cortés joined me on The Drive for an interview about her latest film Little Richard: I Am Everything. It’s screening across the country for one night only (including at the Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol) on Tuesday, April 11th.
The film 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 and performance that brings 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, the film reveals how Richard created an art form for ultimate self-expression, yet what he gave to the world he was never able to give to himself.
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