The project marks the first ever in-depth, behind the scenes film project to chronicle a Michael Jackson album, and is being filmed amid the 25th anniversary celebration of the iconic album, record-breaking world tour and groundbreaking short films that changed music history.
The documentary features over 40 interviews conducted personally by Spike Lee with Jackson’s confidants, choreographers, musicians and other collaborators who collectively unveil the real story of this “coming of age” project through their vivid recollections of what it was like to work day in and day out and live this project with Jackson. Bad’s lasting influence is captured through interviews with top talent including Antonio 'L.A.' Reid, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Cee Lo Green and Sheryl Crow, who was a back-up singer on the Bad tour.
The Michael Jackson Bad documentary joins an incredible body of Spike Lee documentaries including the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning, When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts and its follow up, If God is Willing And Da Creek Don’t Rise, Kobe Doin’ Work, and the Oscar-nominated, 4 Little Girls.
Spike Lee comments, “I’m more than just a huge fan of Michael Jackson, and having the chance to actually know him and work with him, I deeply care about his legacy. With this Bad project I was able to uncover just what made this such a huge, important coming of age in his career and unearth compelling stories surrounding the making of the album, the long awaited follow-up to Thriller – the best selling album of all time - the short films and the tour that may have never seen the light of day.”
John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of The Estate of Michael Jackson and executive producers of the documentary comment, “Spike Lee’s genius as a storyteller combined with his passion and first-hand appreciation of Michael’s artistry makes him the logical filmmaker to tell the story of Bad. We are thrilled to be working with him on this unique project.”
Chairman of Epic Records and co-executive producer of the documentary, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, comments, “It was an honor and a privilege to work closely with Spike Lee to create this documentary. Spike has such a great love of Michael that it was apparent that he was the only person who could make this film.”
Among the interviewees are Oscar-winning film director Martin Scorcese, Joe Pytka and other filmmakers who worked with Jackson to bring the stories in his songs to life on the screen through short films that remain today some of the most vivid and creative storytelling by a musical artist as well as one of his Jackson’s personal engineers, Matt Forger, who worked with him at the recording studio at Jackson’s Hayvenhurst home where the songs first came to life, keyboardist Greg Phillinganes, who worked on the album and then the Bad Tour. Also shedding light on the Bad album, short films and tour are individuals like former CBS head Walter Yetnikoff, as well as choreographers Jeffrey Daniel and Vincent Paterson.
More details on this and other exciting projects relating to BAD’s 25th anniversary will be announced soon.
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