Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Weekend B.O. May 29-31 (Hey, Where the Asian People At?) Weekend B.O. May 29-31 (Hey, Where the Asian People At?) Netflix's 'The Get Down' Adds 2 Recent Yale Drama School Grads to Cast + Grandmaster Flash Boards as Consultant Netflix's 'The Get Down' Adds 2 Recent Yale Drama School Grads to Cast + Grandmaster Flash Boards as Consultant Review: David Oyelowo is Breathtakingly Brilliant in HBO’s 'Nightingale' Review: David Oyelowo is Breathtakingly Brilliant in HBO’s 'Nightingale' NBC Announces Open Casting Call for Dorothy in 'The Wiz Live!' - African American Women, 18-27 NBC Announces Open Casting Call for Dorothy in 'The Wiz Live!' - African American Women, 18-27 Full Trailer for 'Extant' Season 2 Promises Answers to Life's Most Elusive Questions Full Trailer for 'Extant' Season 2 Promises Answers to Life's Most Elusive Questions 'Vampire Diaries' Star Kat Graham Will Play Tammi Terrell in a Biopic of the Late Singer 'Vampire Diaries' Star Kat Graham Will Play Tammi Terrell in a Biopic of the Late Singer You Likely Won't Find a More Candid & Comprehensive Interview with Euzhan Palcy Than This One... You Likely Won't Find a More Candid & Comprehensive Interview with Euzhan Palcy Than This One... Watch Clip From 'Teachers' - a Film on the Education Crisis in the USA, Starring Tatyana Ali Watch Clip From 'Teachers' - a Film on the Education Crisis in the USA, Starring Tatyana Ali David Oyelowo, Amma Asante & Rosamund Pike Teaming Up for Seretse Khama Feature Project David Oyelowo, Amma Asante & Rosamund Pike Teaming Up for Seretse Khama Feature Project The Nina Simone Bio Starring Zoe Saldana Will Apparently Be Released Later This Year... The Nina Simone Bio Starring Zoe Saldana Will Apparently Be Released Later This Year... The American Black Film Festival Announces Its 2015 Films in Competition The American Black Film Festival Announces Its 2015 Films in Competition Why ‘The View’ Badly Needs Raven-Symoné Why ‘The View’ Badly Needs Raven-Symoné It's Black Bike Week! Watch 2 Short Documentaries on the Popular Annual Event It's Black Bike Week! Watch 2 Short Documentaries on the Popular Annual Event Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Is 'The Great Gatsby's' Great Secret That He's Actually A Black Man? Is 'The Great Gatsby's' Great Secret That He's Actually A Black Man? Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Spike Lee's Michael Jackson 'Bad' Documentary To World Premiere At Venice Film Fest

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act July 26, 2012 at 10:44AM

On the heels of the Toronto International Film Festival's unveiling of part of its 2012 lineup, the Venice Film Festival has done the same this morning; and as we always do when festival lineups are revealed, we scrub each list to see if there are any films worthy of an S&A mention.
1
Bad25

On the heels of the Toronto International Film Festival's unveiling of part of its 2012 lineup, the Venice Film Festival has done the same this morning; and as we always do when festival lineups are revealed, we scrub each list to see if there are any films worthy of an S&A mention.

And I'm glad to report that Spike Lee's Michael Jackson documentary, in collaboration with the estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music, titled Bad 25, will make its world premiere at Venice 2012. 

The doc, said to be in its final stages of post-production, focuses on MJ's landmark BAD album and worldwide tour.

And more...

The project marks the first ever in-depth, behind the scenes film project to chronicle a Michael Jackson album, and is being filmed amid the 25th anniversary celebration of the iconic album, record-breaking world tour and groundbreaking short films that changed music history. The documentary features over 40 interviews conducted personally by Spike Lee with Michael's confidants, choreographers, musicians and other collaborators who collectively unveil the real story of this "coming of age" project through their vivid recollections of what it was like to work day in and day out and live this project with Michael. BAD's lasting influence is captured through interviews with some of today's top artists, including Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Cee Lo Green and Sheryl Crow, who was a back-up singer on the BAD tour.

Spike Lee, who directed both short films for Michael Jackson's They Don't Care About Us in 1996, said in a press statement: "I'm more than just a huge fan of Michael Jackson, and having the chance to actually know him and work with him, I deeply care about his legacy. With this BAD project I was able to uncover just what made this such a huge, important coming of age in his career and unearth compelling stories surrounding the making of the album, the long awaited follow-up to Thriller -- the best selling album of all time - the short films and the tour that may have never seen the light of day."

The album, the third and final album collaboration for Jackson and Quincy Jones, was #1 around the world, made history with five consecutive #1 singles on the Billboard chart, produced ten chart-topping singles, was nominated for six Grammys and won two, and to date, has sold over 45 Million units.

Spike Lee's film supports the 25th anniversary of BAD, which will also be celebrated with the September 18th release of BAD 25, a deluxe package featuring three CDs, two collectible booklets, and features the first-ever authorized DVD release of a concert from the record breaking BAD tour, the concert at Wembley Stadium on July 16, 1988 attended by Princess Diana, Prince Charles and a sold-out crowd of 72,000 fans.

A BAD 25 two-CD standard edition, featuring the original album plus the CD of demos and new remixes, will also be made available as will a stand alone edition of the DVD and a picture disc of the original album.

The Venice Film Festival runs from August 29 to September 8.

While you wait, here's a short clip from Spike's film (and underneath it, you'll find a promo for the BAD 25 Wembley concert):

This article is related to: Spike Lee


Shadow & ActNewsletter