CIMMfest co-presents: Whitney “Can I be Me” at the Black Harvest Film Festival


Black Harvest Film Festival 2017
DIRECTORS: Nick Broomfield, Rudi Dolezal
RUNTIME: 100 min.

Friday August 11, @ 8:30PM
Saturday August 12, @ 6:00PM
WHERE: Gene Siskel Film Center: 164 N State St, Chicago, IL

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“”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)