credit: Apple Corps

Billy Preston: That's The Way God Planned It

Mar 12, 2024

7:00pm – 8:45pm CT

With his signature gospel sound on the Hammond B3, Billy Preston doublehandedly elevated the greatest artists of his time – from the Beatles to the Rolling Stones, from Aretha Franklin to Eric Clapton, from Ray Charles to Barbra Streisand to Sly and the Family Stone. In our film, we explore Billy's career and influence on generations of musicians, as he scored several number one hits of his own and became one of the most sought-after musicians in the world. He did all of this as a soul divided -- by his deep roots in the church, in constant conflict with his identity as a gay Black man, searching for a family of his own that would accept him for who he was.

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photo of Paris Barclay



Paris Barclay

Executive Producer:

Paris Barclay, Nicholas Ferrall, Cassidy Hartmann, Olivia Harrison, Jonathan Clyde, Dave Knott, Regina K. Scully, Daniel Shaw, G Marq Roswell, Ben J. Murphy, Caryn Capotosto, Scott Pascucci, Sophia Dilley, Charles Hopkins, Jenny Raskin, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Lauren & John Driscoll, Meadow Fund, Ian Darling, Jeffrey Lurie, Marie Therese Guirgis, Steve Cohen, Paula Froehle, John Keller, Brad & Debbie Buss, Andrew Trapani, Bruce Resnikoff, Jody Gerson


Stephanie Allain, Jeanne Elfant Festa, Nigel Sinclair, Cheo Hodari Coker


Cheo Hodari Coker, Paris Barclay


Ernesto Lomeli, Carmen Delaney


Scott D. Hanson, ACE

Sound Designer:

Chris Jenkins


Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge

Principal Cast:

Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Merry Clayton, Ringo Starr, Olivia Harrison, Suzanne de Passe, Tony Jones, Cory Henry, Gloria Jones

Additional Credits:

Co-Executive Producer: Bob Valentine, Wesley Adams, Lauren Haber, Kelsey Koenig, Jane Solomon, David Peck, Alan Abrahams, Co-Producer: Gabrielle Ebron, Supervising Producer: Michael Tamburrino, Producer on Cultural Awareness: Gamal J. Palmer, Associate Producer: K. Nicole Mills, Ashley Q. Lynch




Public Film Contact:

Nigel Sinclair / Rena Ronson
White Horse Pictures / UTA
(424) 228-8000 / (310) 776-8138

Publicity Contact:

Cassandra Butcher
+1 (310) 266-5254

Sales Agent:

Nigel Sinclair / Rena Ronson
White Horse Pictures / UTA

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105 mins
Closed Captioned
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