|Photo courtesy of Whitney Houston’s Facebook page|
Written by Sharee Salerio
It’s been a little over five years since the world lost pop music legend Whitney Houston.
Her passing and manner of death broke the hearts of fans, leaving a void that can never be replaced.
Everyone was aware of her personal and relational struggles, but it always seemed like there was a part of her that wasn’t expressed.
A new documentary, titled “Whitney: Can I Be Me”, is coming next month that hopes to shed light on who the superstar really was, outside of fame and behind closed doors.
Directed by documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield (“Biggie and Tupac”, “Kurt & Courtney”), the film tells the story of Houston’s “extraordinary life and tragic death”, according to IMDb.
The almost two-hour flick starts at the end of her life then goes back to where it all started, Houston’s childhood in Newark and East Orange, New Jersey.
Using unseen footage and live recordings from her life, the film focuses on the icon’s career, her troubled marriage to Bobby Brown and her untimely passing. Interviews from her band members, hair stylist, makeup artist, backup singers, promoters and former bodyguard offer insight into who Houston was beyond the spotlight.
Speaking to The Guardian about the project last month, Broomfield explained: “What we tried to do was to explain it from her point of view, so you understand what she went through at various stages of her life. The irony is that the wonderful person she actually was is so much more interesting than the image that was created around her.”
I look forward to watching this documentary, as Whitney was one of my favorite singers-turned-actresses. There was something about her that was graceful, divine and powerful, yet aching.
The film will be released in U.S. theaters this summer. Watch the trailer below!
What do you think about the preview? Do you plan on watching the film?