Spike Lee’s MJ doc gets theatrical release
By// Mariah Craddick
Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson documentary BAD25 will get an exclusive one-week run in theaters in New York and Los Angeles beginning Oct. 19. If you’re not lucky enough to live in one of those cities, you will have to wait until it airs Thanksgiving Day on ABC.
The doc—which made its debut at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, receiving rave reviews—examines the making of Jackson’s 1987 Bad album and includes rare footage and inside stories from collaborators and friends.
Lee’s film is one of several projects tied to the 25th anniversary of the album. Other releases from the Jackson estate include a deluxe package of remastered music, previously unreleased demos and the first-ever DVD and live CD from the Bad World Tour at Wembley Stadium.
“There’s been a lot of focus on the personal stuff,” Lee told reporters at the Venice Film Festival. “I wanted this film to concentrate on the music. It was a chance to dig into his creative process.”
Where to catch BAD25 on the big screen:
New York: Oct. 19-26 at AMC Loews Village 7, 66 Third Ave.
Los Angeles: Oct. 26-Nov. 2 at Chinese 6 Theaters, 6801 Hollywood Blvd.