With his Red Hook Summer film already in theaters, Spike Lee is moving on to his next joint. The director will unleash his Michal Jackson documentary Bad 25 at the Venice Film Festival in a few weeks, before screening the film at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In putting together the film, Lee called on several music and film stars will open up about the late great King of Pop. Among those on the guest list include Kanye West ,Cee Lo Green, Mariah Carey, ?uestlove, and director Martin Scorsese.
According to the synopsis, the documentary—celebrating the 25 th anniversary of the release of Jackson’s Bad album— will show never before seen video of putting the album together:
Spike Lee pays tribute to Michael Jackson’s Bad on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the epochal album, offering behind-the-scenes footage of Jackson recording the album and interviews with confidants, musicians, choreographers, and such music-world superstars as Kanye West, Sheryl Crow, Cee Lo Green and Mariah Carey.
Bad 25 features captivating behind-the-scenes footage of the recording sessions for several of Bad’s biggest songs (“The Way You Make Me Feel” being among the most memorable). There are also revealing interviews with a number of fellow artists who worked with Jackson — such as Sheryl Crow, with whom Jackson shared the duet “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” on stage during the Bad world tour — and those who were inspired by him, including Kanye West, Cee Lo Green and Mariah Carey. Lee offers us a more intimate side of Jackson, one rarely glimpsed amidst the glitter and circus-like atmosphere that surrounded the notoriously private superstar, especially as his personal life (and appearance) became a scandal-rag mainstay in the years that followed Bad. As the landmark album takes shape before our eyes, we see Jackson’s dedication to his craft, his talent for inspired collaboration, and his sly sense of humour — as well as some hints of the toll that his relentless work ethic had on his psyche..
Check out stills from the documentary below.
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