August 8th, 2023

CNN Films to Premiere Little Richard: I Am Everything for TV on Monday, September 4 at 9pm ET/PT


NEW YORK, NY – (August 7, 2023) – Little Richard: I Am Everything, from Academy Award® nominated and Emmy-winning director Lisa Cortés, will premiere for television on Monday, September 4 at 9pm ET/PT on CNN. Heralded as “a sublime tribute,” and “the enthralling documentary that Little Richard deserves,” the film had its world premiere at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and 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.

“I made this film because the story of Little Richard is the story of rock ‘n roll — and rock ‘n roll is the American idiom,” says Cortés. “Little Richard embodies all the complexity of our country: its paradoxes and cruelties, its beauty and its genius.”

Through a wealth of archive and performance that brings viewers into Richard’s complicated inner world, Little Richard: I Am Everything unspools the icon’s life story with all its switchbacks and contradictions. In interviews with family, musicians, and cutting-edge Black and queer scholars, including Nona Hendryx, Mick Jagger, Sir Lady Java, Tom Jones, Jason King, Billy Porter, Nile Rodgers and John Waters, 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.

“The film is aptly called I am Everything – Little Richard’s life representing an important, albeit unexpected, journey through music,” said producer Robert Friedman. “He finally receives his long overdue recognition and well-deserved place in pop culture.”

Little Richard: I Am Everything is produced by Bungalow Media + Entertainment for CNN Films and Max, in association with Rolling Stone Films. Robert Friedman, Lisa Cortés, Liz Yale Marsh, and Caryn Capotosto are producers. The film is executive produced by Mike Powers, Anita May Rosenstein, and Dee Rees; Jason Fine and Gus Wenner for Rolling Stone Films; and Amy Entelis and Courtney Sexton for CNN Films. The film was released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures.

Little Richard: I Am Everything will stream live for pay TV subscribers via, CNN OTT and mobile apps on Monday, September 4. The film will be available on demand beginning Tuesday, September 5 to pay TV subscribers via, CNN apps, and Cable Operator Platforms.


About CNN Films

The CNN Films group develops and produces nonfiction feature and short films for television, streaming, theatrical distribution, and festival exhibition. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide. Alexandra Hannibal, vice president of CNN Films, supervises production of CNN Films. Since 2012, the team has produced over 60 feature-length and shorts for CNN Films, including the Oscar®, BAFTA, and PGA Award-winning, Navalny, directed by Daniel Roher, about the attempted assassination of Russian opposition leader, Alexey Navalny; Little Richard: I Am Everything, directed by Lisa Cortés, which world premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival where it was acquired for theatrical distribution by Magnolia Pictures; The Last Movie Stars, directed by Ethan Hawke about the lives and careers of actors and humanitarians Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, which is available on HBO Max; Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down, directed by Emmy® Award winners Julie Cohen and Betsy West; Emmy® Award-winner Dreamland: The Burning Of Black Wall Street, directed by Salima Koroma; Three Identical Strangers, directed by Tim Wardle, nominated for an Emmy® Award and a BAFTA; Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice, which won Best Music Film at the 63rd Annual Grammy® Awards; the Primetime Emmy® Award-winning RBG which was also nominated for an Academy Award® and a BAFTA; and Apollo 11, directed by Todd Douglas Miller and nominated for five Primetime Emmy® Awards; and many others. CNN Films can be found on CNN, the CNN Originals hub on discovery+, Max, and for pay TV subscription via, CNN apps and cable operator platforms. For more information about CNN Films, please follow @CNNFilms via Twitter.

About Bungalow Media + Entertainment, LLC

Founded in 2013 by CEO Robert Friedman, Bungalow Media + Entertainment is an Emmy® Award-winning integrated entertainment company that develops, produces and distributes content across all media platforms. Bungalow’s recently produced projects include the documentary feature Little Richard: I Am Everything for CNN Films/Max, and the series Serving the Hamptons also for Max, the four-part mini-series Surviving Jeffrey Epstein for Lifetime, the five-part mini-series The Preppy Murder for AMC/Sundance, The Panama Papers for EPIX, and Roswell: The First Witness for History.  Additional credits include Emmy® Award winning GIVE for NBC, Corvette Heroes for the History Channel, The Real SVU for Lifetime, Landmarks Live in Concert for PBS, 36 Hours with the New York Times for Travel Channel, and scripted dramas APB on Fox, Netflix’s Insatiable, and Amazon’s Modern Love. Bungalow has also produced the feature documentaries The Devil Made Me Do It for Discovery+, Spring Broke on Showtime, We the People: The Market Basket Effect, and the Clive Owen feature film, The Confirmation, among others.

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