Little Richard: I am Everything

Grand Jury Prize ~ Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
Audience Award ~ Festival Favorites
South by Southwest


Little Richard: I am Everything

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 and performance footage 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. 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.

"Exhilarating" Chicago Reader

"Profound" Essence

"Enthralling" Variety

"The definitive documentary on a complicated icon." Toronto Star

"Brilliantly connects the past, present and future." Film Threat
Not Rated
Documentary, Bio-pic, Rock and Roll, African-American Experience, LGBTQ+
Lisa Cortés
Nominee, Grand Jury Prize ~ Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
Nominee, Audience Award ~ Festival Favorites, South by Southwest
Sheri Flanders, Chicago Reader

“Tutti Frutti, Good Booty!” After watching 'Little Richard: I Am Everything,' you will never listen to that song the same way ever again, and your understanding of this American legend will be inexorably changed. Director Lisa Cortes (producer of 2009’s 'Precious') recontextualizes our understanding ...

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