Tribeca Film Festival to Screen Whitney Houston Documentary
Whitney. Can I Be Me, a new documentary about the tumultuous life of singer Whitney Houston, is to debut at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The project is the brainchild of director Nick Broomfield, who has previously helmed documentaries on Sarah Palin, Curt Cobain and rappers Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur.
Showtime Films financed the documentary and says it will use exclusive and rarely seen footage of Whitney to tell the story of her life. Via an interview with Billboard last year, Broomfield also detailed his plans for the documentary, including his reasons for declining commentary from Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown.
“Brown and Whitney were in a kind of strange dance,” Broomfield told the magazine. “They were completely destructive because they were in a weird competition with one another. I’ve never heard Bobby Brown even vaguely talk eloquently about that. I also didn’t want to spend a dime of money on him.”
Broomfield says he’s also secured the rights to use nine of Whitney’s biggest songs. Whitney. Can I Be Me will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival as part of the Spotlight Documentaryy lineup on April 26th, with subsequent screenings to take place over the weekend. Showtime will also air the documentary later this year.