22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024

Little Richard: I Am Everything

United States, 2023: 101 minutes: Canadian Premiere
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In Cinema Globe Cinema
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A documentary about the one of a kind rock 'n' roll icon who shaped the world of music.

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.

Sundance Film Festival 2023
Boulder Film Festival 2023
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2023
Miami Film Festival 2023
SXSW 2023
BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival 2023

Lisa Cortes is an Academy Award–nominated and Emmy-winning producer and director renowned for creating challenging, visionary stories. The film PRECIOUS, which she executive produced, received the Sundance Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize for best drama. ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY (2020), which she directed with Liz Garbus, chronicles the battle waged by Stacey Abrams against voter suppression. LITTLE RICHARD: I AM EVERYTHING (2023) is Lisa's second feature film as director.

press for Little Richard: I Am Everything

"I enjoyed it immensely. And if you didn’t enjoy it, I’m pretty sure Little Richard would tell you to “Shut up.”"
- Chicago Reader
"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."
- Huffington Post


Documentary / Music / Biography / LGBTQ+

101 minutes


Lisa Cortés

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

Robert Friedman
Lisa Cortés
Liz Yale Marsh
Caryn Capotosto



WINNER: Audience Award: Best Documentary Feature

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