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Community Screening: Little Richard: I Am Everything

Directed by Lisa Cortés

USA | Documentary | 98

2 Nov
Thu, Nov 2, 2023 at 3:00 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Lisa Cortés is expected to attend.


Brilliant and complicated, Richard Wayne Penniman (aka Little Richard) has never received the full picture treatment…until now. In this electrifying and kinetic film that definitively positions Little Richard as the true originator of rock and roll, Lisa Cortés explodes the music industry’s whitewashing of a magnetic and singular performer while also presenting his contradictory life in all of its shades. Blending archival footage with insightful commentary from Nona Hendryx, John Waters, Tom Jones, and many others, the film takes viewers on a roller coaster ride of Richard’s life. As he careens from obsessions including sex, God, and of course music, he also bridles against an industry that refuses to acknowledge his contributions to it. Thank goodness his legacy now has this film and the music he left behind to restore his place in history once and for all.

Audience Information

Little Richard: I Am Everything will be offered as a community screening, free and open to the public. Attendees must RSVP for tickets.

Director Lisa Cortés

Lisa Cortés is an Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy-winning producer and director. She is celebrated for creating challenging, visionary stories while empowering inclusive voices. Cortés’s work includes Precious (2009), The Apollo (Doc Stories 2019), and All In: The Fight For Democracy (2020). Cortés is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and serves on the Boards of the Film Society at Lincoln Center and ITVS.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2023

Runtime 98

Country USA

Director Lisa Cortés

Executive Producer Dee Rees, Mike Powers, Anita May Rosentstein, Gus Wenner, Jason Fine, Amy Entelis, Courtney Sexton

Producer Robert Friedman, Lisa Cortés, Liz Yale Marsh and Caryn Capotosto

Editor Jake Hostetter

Cinematographer Keith Walker, Graham Willoughby

Music Tamar-kali

Closed Captions Closed captions are available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio descriptions are available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.