“Whitney: Can I Be Me,” the first in-depth documentary to examine the troubled life and death of Whitney Houston, will debut as part of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. The film by BAFTA winner Nick Broomfield (“Soldier Girls”) will premiere on April 26 at the SVA Theater.
In making the announcement, Showtime SVP Vinnie Malhotra said, “Nick is a bold storyteller with an acclaimed track record of provocative documentary filmmaking.” He added that, “Showtime Documentary Films is excited to partner with him on this project, as he delves deep into the life of Whitney Houston to tell the real story behind the rise and fall of one of America’s most iconic singers.”
Houston won six Grammy Awards over her storied career before dying just hours before the 2012 Grammys. Broomfield’s film promises a look at the woman behind the legend, with the use of both behind-the scenes footage and interviews as well as some of her iconic performances.
The title, “Can I Be Me,” was one of Houston’s signature expressions and captures the quandary that she continually faced. Her public persona was often at odds with her private self and Broomfield’s film explores the price she paid for this.