Chicago premiere! Film Series : Black Harvest Film Festival 2017

Whitney: Can I Be Me

2016, Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal, UK/USA, 100 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Aug 11th 8:30pm
  • Sat, Aug 12th 6:00pm

"It just has a story to tell, and it does that incredibly compellingly. CAN I BE ME gets us to know Whitney Houston, to feel her pain and grace and dizzying spiritual rifts, in a way we haven’t before." — Owen Gleiberman, Variety

Documentary filmmaker/provocateur Broomfield (KURT & COURTNEY, BIGGIE AND TUPAC) employs restraint and insight to fashion this haunting, compassionate portrait of the pop songstress, capturing both the glory of her talent and the pressures that led to her drug-related demise at age 48. Benefitting from its unauthorized status and incorporating startlingly candid, previously unseen footage from Houston's turning-point 1999 tour, WHITNEY: CAN I BE ME reveals the devastating effect on Houston of being booed as a "sellout" at the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards; the blind eye turned to her addictions by many in her inner circle; the strains of her stormy marriage to Bobby Brown; the suppression of her bisexuality; and the regrettable termination of her longtime relationship with childhood friend, reliable confidante, and rumored lover Robyn Crawford. DCP digital. (MR)

Friday, August 11: Post-screening dance party with DJ I.N.C. (included in ticket price).

DJ I.N.C is one of the most respected and sought after Disc Jockeys in Chicago. His talents and understanding of music and sound have helped produce over six solo CDs. These soulful and mesmerizing beats and vocals has been labeled "Soulful Cool." And his latest release, Tha Afterset: Jazzy Soulful Intelligent Movement, is just as coooool.

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