Little Richard: I Am Everything - Monday Cinema

November 20 4:00 to 5:45 pm

Trail & District Arts Council presents Monday Cinema, "Little Richard - I Am Everything" on November 20 at 4 pm at The Royal Theatre.

“LITTLE RICHARD: I AM EVERYTHING” tells the story of the Black queer origins of rock n’ roll, through the story of the originator – Richard Penniman. Through a wealth of archive performance footage the film brings us into Richard’s complicated inner world, with all its contradictions. In interviews with family, musicians, and cutting-edge Black and queer scholars, the film reveals how Richard created the ultimate means of self-expression, while hiding much of his own identity. His music covered God, sex and rock n’ roll even as the world tried to put him in a box.

As director Lisa Cortés says, “Without Little Richard, would Lizzo exist? Would Lil Nas X? Would the Rolling Stones?...As Mick Jagger ruefully admits in the film, Little Richard did it first. First to wear mascara; first to strip his shirt off; first to play with gender norms.”

“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

“A long-overdue creation corrective that gives an outwardly revolutionary cultural icon his trailblazing due at the same time it grapples with the conflicted soul that rarely knew a lasting inner peace.” - Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

“Does an impressive job of reminding us how much generations of rock stars, from Tom Jones to Mick Jagger, Elton John and Prince, have owed to Little Richard, and how radical his presence was in a world not yet ready to pay for his talent.” - Mark Kermode, Observer (UK)

Watch the trailer .

Director: Lisa Cortés / Cast: Mick Jagger, Niles Rodgers, Paul McCartney, Billy Porter, John Waters/ Country: USA/ Length: 1 hr 41 mins/ Language: English / Genre: Music Doc, LGBTQ2IA themes / Rating: PG

Monday Cinema is presented by Trail and District Arts Council and screens at The Royal Theatre, 1597 Bay Avenue, Trail.

All films begin at 4:00 pm.

Tickets $12 at or call the Box Office at 250-368-9669 Monday to Friday from 12-4 pm.

Only 143 tickets available for this screening. If tickets are available, they will go on sale at the venue 30 minutes before the screening.

Doors will open 30 minutes prior to show time.

The Monday Cinema series is part of the Toronto International Film Festival Film Circuit and proudly supported by Wellington Altus Private Wealth Management and MP Wealth Advisory.

Films in the Fall Monday Cinema series are:

Oct 16 The Miracle Club - There's just one dream for the women of Ballygar: to win a pilgrimage to the sacred French town of Lourdes. A quietly feminist film that honors the invisible labor of women, the complexities of motherhood, and the belief that change is possible.

Oct 23: Something You Said Last Night - After being fired from her job, an aspiring mid-twentys trans woman and writer accompanies her Canadian-Italian family on vacation as she struggles to balance independence with the comfort of being taken care of.

Oct 30: Past Lives - Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, are separated after Nora’s family emigrates from South Korea. Two decades later, they are reunited in New York to confront notions of destiny, love, and the choices that make a life, in this heartrending modern romance.

Nov 6: The Eight Mountains - An epic journey of friendship and self-discovery set in the breathtaking Italian Alps, following the profound, complex relationship between Pietro and Bruno over four decades.

Nov 20: Little Richard: I Am Everything - Through a wealth of archive footage we see Richard’s complicated life story as interviews with family, musicians, and cutting-edge Black and queer scholars look at a career and life that pinballs between God, sex and rock n’ roll.

Nov 27: Blue Jean - Based around the passing of homophobic laws in Thatcher's England the film looks at these issues from the viewpoint of a closeted lesbian who has to choose between her job as a teacher and her identity.

Dec 4: Les Filles du Roi - A young Mohawk girl, Kateri, and her brother have their lives disrupted upon the arrival of Les Filles du Roi in 1665 'New France'. Kateri forges an unlikely relationship with young fille Marie-Jean Lespérance - whose dream of a new life is more complicated than she could have imagined. TBC

Dec 11: The Lesson – When a young author takes a tutoring position at the estate of his idol, a legendary writer, he soon realizes that he is ensnared in a web of family secrets, resentment, and retribution.

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Town: Trail, BC
Venue: The Royal Theatre
Address: 1597 Bay Ave, Trail, BC V1R 4B2