*In what is sure to be a fascinating documentary on the late-great Whitney Houston, Showtime Documentary Films has announced that it will premiere its original feature: “Whitney. Can I Be Me,” at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 26 at the SVA Theater, with subsequent screenings all weekend.
The film will offer a raw and uncensored look at the stellar career and complicated life of Houston — directed by acclaimed BAFTA Award winner Nick Broomfield. The film will air on Showtime later this year.
“Nick is a bold storyteller with an acclaimed track record of provocative documentary filmmaking,” said Vinnie Malhotra, Senior Vice President, Documentary and Unscripted Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. “Showtime Documentary Films is excited to partner with him on this project, as he delves deep into the life of Whitney Houston to tell the real story behind the rise and fall of one of America’s most iconic singers.”
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Houston was found dead in her guest room at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills on February 11, 2012. The official coroner’s report showed that she had accidentally drowned in the bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors.
Showtime’s doc will include behind the scenes materials, candid interviews and performance footage – including many of Houston’s greatest hits. According to her band members, the title of the film “Can I be me?” was Houston’s favorite expression, one she used so much that they sampled it to play at the start of rehearsals, per shadowandact.com. The phrase is also the template of the film, as it was Whitney’s central dilemma: despite her massive success, she still couldn’t do what she wanted to do, personally and professionally.
Produced by Showtime and BBC, “Whitney. Can I Be Me,” was co- directed by Rudi Dolezal. Director Nick Broomfield also co-produced the project with Marc Hoeferlin. John Battsek serves as executive producer through his Passion Pictures label.
At this time there is no trailer available.