Director Spike Lee is set to have a solid couple months on the indie circuit as along with Red Hook Summer just having been released, Lee will head to the 69th Venice Film Festival with his new Michael Jackson doc Bad 25, according to The Playlist.
Bad 25 showcases the deceased pop star’s remarkable record Bad, 25 years after it was released. It comes complete with the requisite behind-the-scenes footage of Jackson and Co., but also includes interviews with stars and artists like Martin Scorsese, Kanye West and Sheryl Crow.
Though the initial synopsis does not sound like anything more or anything less than the norm when it comes to “making-of” docs, it does make claims for showing ‘a more intimate side of Jackson – one rarely glimpsed amidst the glitter and circus-like atmosphere that surrounded the notoriously private superstar.’ Then again, what documentary doesn’t claim to show a never-before-seen side of its subject?
Lee’s recent acclaimed documentary work which includes When the Levees Broke about Hurricane Katrina, and Passing Strange gave him definite documentary credit. Additionally, Kobe Doin’ Work more than proved his ability to shed new light on a celebrity. He’s been wanting to do a serious Jackson project for a while now and seems to have finally gotten his chance.
Bad 25 will premiere at the Venice Film Festival which begins August 29, where Spike Lee will also accept a lifetime achievement award.