Roadside Attractions and Miramax have released the official teaser trailer for the documentary, Whitney. The one minute and 40 second trailer showcases the incredible amount of access filmmaker Kevin Macdonald (Oscar winner for the 1999 documentary One Day in September) was given as he explored the life and career of one of the greatest singers of our time, Whitney Houston.
Whitney features interviews with those closest to the record-setting artist including her family members. The documentary was produced by Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn, and Lisa Erspamer, with Nicole David, Pat Houston, Will Clarke, Andy Mayson, Mike Runagall, Zanne Devine, Rosanne Korenberg and Joe Patrick executive producing.
“When you work with an estate, you need them to be on your side. I felt very lucky to have the support of Pat Houston and the Whitney Houston estate in this quest. They entrusted me with the ‘keys to the vault’ while giving me complete freedom to follow the story wherever it went,” stated director Macdonald. “Whitney is the opposite of what you’d expect an authorized film to be. I wouldn’t make a film where you praise the subject to the skies. I needed to pursue what I thought was interesting psychologically.”
The film will make its world premiere during the 2018 Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2018. Miramax and Roadside Attractions are targeting a July 6, 2018 theatrical release.
Details on Whitney: Whitney Houston broke more music industry records than any other female singer in history. With over 200 million album sales worldwide, she was the only artist to chart seven consecutive U.S. No. 1 singles. She also starred in several blockbuster movies before her brilliant career gave way to erratic behavior, scandals and death at age 48.
The documentary feature Whitney is an intimate, unflinching portrait of Houston and her family that probes beyond familiar tabloid headlines and sheds new light on the spellbinding trajectory of Houston’s life. Using never-before-seen archival footage, exclusive demo recordings, rare performances, audio archives and original interviews with the people who knew her best, Oscar®-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald unravels the mystery behind “The Voice,” who thrilled millions even as she struggled to make peace with her own troubled past.