Whitney Houston documentary gets release date

The only film officially supported by the late singer’s estate will include previously unreleased recordings, rare never-before-seen footage and live performances recorded by Houston at various stages her life.

Courtesy of The Estate of Whitney E. Houston (1)Roadside Attractions and Miramax will release “Whitney,” Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald’s  documentary about the life and career of legendary superstar Whitney Houston this summer in the United States on July 6th.

The only film officially supported by the late singer’s estate will include previously unreleased recordings, rare never-before-seen footage and live performances recorded by Houston at various stages her life, as well as original studio recordings and acapellas of some of the late singer’s greatest hits. The film also contains personal home movie footage that has never been seen publicly before, offering a rare glimpse of Whitney’s life behind-the-scenes as known only to her closest relatives, friends and collaborators.

“I approached Whitney’s life like a mystery story; why did someone with so much raw talent and beauty self-destruct so publicly and painfully? I was lucky enough to have the support of Pat Houston and the Whitney Houston estate in this quest. They entrusted me with the ‘keys to the vault’ while giving me complete freedom to follow the story wherever it went. At heart, Whitney is an intimate family story that reveals a new side to a woman that even her most die-hard fans never knew,” says Macdonald who made the “Marley,” documentary and also directed the biopic on Idi Anim “The Last King of Scotland.”

[Oscar winning director delivers an intimate portrayal of Bob Marley]

With over 200 million album sales worldwide, Houston is the only artist to chart seven consecutive US No. 1’s and inspired a generation of singers from Mariah Carey and Lady Gaga to Beyonce.

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