WHITNEY “CAN I BE ME”
DIRECTED BY: Nick Broomfield, Rudi Dolezal
SCREENPLAY BY: Nick Broomfield
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Sam Mitchell
EDITED BY: Marc Hoeferlin
PRODUCERS: Nick Broomfield, Marc Hoeferlin
PRODUCED BY: Lafayette Films, Passion Pictures, Showtime Networks
Authors offer a never-before-seen backstage look at the height of Houston’s stardom and trace with penetrating detail the forces that contributed to her shortened career and subsequent death in 2012, at age 48. Whether it be racism, religion, drugs, sexuality, self-doubt, gossip, rivalry, insufficient training, the demands of parents and the industry, a troubled marriage playing out in headlines, or the inevitable toll those stresses take from so muscular and passionate a singer, the directors leave nothing unturned. They create a picture of a remarkable woman who needed more help than she received and provide an unflinching, gripping, and wholly committed exploration of talent given and taken away, in an era obsessed with how that talent lives when the stage lights go down.
FESTIVALS & AWARDS:
- Nantucket Film Festival 2017 – Best Storytelling in a Documentary;
- Tribeca Film Festival 2017;
- Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2017;
- Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017;
- LA Film Festival 2017;
- Sydney Film Festival 2017;
- Black Harvest Film Festival 2017;
- Latitude Festival 2017
Program IN FOCUS in cooperation with NGO Women’s Rights Center.
Nick Broomfield was born in London. He has directed more than thirty documentaries over his forty-year career, including Kurt and Courtney (1998); Biggie & Tupac (2002), Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003); Battle for Haditha (2007), Sarah Palin: You Betcha! (2011), Sex: My British Job (2013), all of them screened at the ZagrebDox. Tales of the Grim Sleeper (2014) and Whitney Can I Be Me (2017) are is his latest documentaries.
Rudi Dolezal was born in Vienna, he is a legend on the international music documentary scene, having spent twenty-five years working with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Queen, Miles Davis, David Bowie, U2, Billy Joel, and Sting. He has received numerous international awards, including two Grammy nominations.