For any Whitney Houston fan, this is a must. I got goosebumps and choked up watching the documentary trailer which explores Houston’s legendary career, her controversial marriage to Bobby Brown and her close relationship with Robyn Crawford. I can’t wait til this becomes available in my neck of the woods.
From acclaimed director Nick Broomfield comes a new film about one of the greatest singers of all time. Whitney Houston was the epitome of superstar, an “American Princess“, the most awarded female artist ever. Even though Whitney had made millions of dollars, had more consecutive number ones than The Beatles, and became recognized as having one of the greatest voices of all time, she still wasn’t free to be herself and died at just 48 years old. Made with largely never-seen before footage and exclusive live recordings, WHITNEY ‘Can I Be Me’ tells Whitney Houston’s incredible and poignant life story with insights from those closest to her.
Rudi Dolezal, who co-directed the documentary, was friends with Houston up until her death. He had recorded more than 500 hours of footage of the singer both onstage and in private moments during her 1999 world tour for a planned concert film that was ultimately shelved. For years, he refused offers from many interested parties (including Clive Davis) to buy the footage. After meeting with Broomfield, he finally gave permission.
“I love the intimacy of Rudi’s footage,” Broomfield says. “He shot with a teeny little camcorder, but it doesn’t matter the quality. When you see Whintey Houston after having sung ‘I Will Always Love You,’ coming off that stage, you suddenly realize there’s tears streaming down her face. And she’s looking into that camera. There’s an emotion on her face that I almost can’t believe.”
Whitney: Can I Be Me premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. It’s scheduled to premiere on Showtime this August. Check out the moving trailer below.
Whitney ‘Can I Be Me’ Documentary Trailer