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Little Richard: I Am Everything

One of a kind rock 'n' roll icon who shaped the world of music. (NR, 101 min.)


Tuesday, April 11, 2023

7:00 PM

One Night Only at Moxie Cinema

Produced by Bungalow Media + Entertainment for CNN Films and HBO Max, in association with Rolling Stone Films, and directed by Lisa Cortés, the film tells the story of the black queer origins of rock n’ roll. It explodes 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. [Magnolia Pictures International]

Starring: Little Richard, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Tom Jones, Billy Porter, John Waters
Director: Lisa Cortes
Genre(s): Music, Biography

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"Little Richard’s legacy is a magnet and music fans will be drawn to this revealing doc."

— Dwight Brown,

"The enthralling documentary that Little Richard deserves."

— Owen Gleiberman, Variety

"Even if you’re not a fan of Little Richard going into this film, chances are you will be by the time it’s over."

— David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

"This is a fitting tribute to a complicated Black queer icon who deserved more in his life and deserves more in his death."

— Drew Gregory, Autostraddle

"This is one of those instances where a film thoughtfully reexamines previously established truths about a musician’s legacy so fervently that it completely upends you."

— Candice Frederick, Huffington Post

"Little Richard was everything, and thanks to Lisa Cortés’ film his influence on everyone from Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix to Bad Brains and Harry Styles can never again be doubted."

— Christopher Schobert, The Film Stage

"Cortés’s devotion to creating a film in honor and respect of Little Richard is also one of achievement and understanding for those who have been marginalized for being who they are."

— Sabina Dana Plasse, Film Threat

"Cortes has made an impressive music history that restores a 'king' to his rightful place in rock royalty, one that acknowledges that everything outrageous about the music and the people who perform it, the stuff “your parents hated” about it, as Waters puts it, started with Little Richard Penniman."

— Roger Moore, Movie Nation