Little Richard, I Am Everything: Lisa Cortes’ Documentary of the Genius Musician–Sundance Film Fest 2023, Highlights

Lisa Cortés’ wildly revelatory yet entertaining documentary captures the blazing talents of Richard Wayne Penniman, attuned to the complexities of a Black artist who was unapologetically queer and flamboyant, only to renounce his sexuality and hedonism as a man of God the next.

Drawing from rich archival material, expert interviewees including Mick Jagger and Tom Jones, and using electrifying hits, Cortés gives Little Richard the kind of recognition he was too often denied in his lifetime.