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ABC to air Spike Lee doc on Michael Jackson's "Bad"
Interesting program note: ABC will air a Spike Lee documentary on Michael Jackson's epochal "Bad" — which turns 25 Aug. 31. Not a lot of detail here yet — notably airdate, length, etc. — but the network indicates this should hit the air on Thanksgiving. Lee has presented this already at some film festivals in Toronto and Venice.
The details, via ABC's release:
The Estate of Michael Jackson and Legacy/Epic Records, carefully culling The Estate’s archives for rare and never-before-seen footage for the film which focuses on the creative forces that pushed Jackson to make the “BAD” album and launch the BAD Worldwide Tour. “BAD25” marks the first ever in-depth, behind-the-scenes film project to chronicle a Michael Jackson album and tour, and was filmed in advance of the 25th anniversary celebration of the iconic album, the record-breaking world tour and the groundbreaking short films that changed music history. The album’s 25th Anniversary will be celebrated on September 18, 2012 with the Legacy/Epic Records release of deluxe 25th Anniversary editions of the album. The documentary features numerous interviews conducted personally by Spike Lee, including Jackson’s confidants, choreographers, musicians and collaborators, such as Oscar-winning film director Martin Scorsese, Joe Pytka . . .
And this from the filmmaker:
Lee offers us a more intimate side of Jackson, one rarely glimpsed amidst the glitter and circus-like atmosphere that surrounded the notoriously private superstar, especially as his personal life (and appearance) became a scandal-rag mainstay in the years that followed Bad. As the landmark album takes shape before our eyes, we see Jackson’s dedication to his craft, his talent for inspired collaboration, and his sly sense of humor — as well as some hints of the toll that his relentless work ethic had on his psyche..