The Spike Lee-directed documentary BAD 25, which chronicles the making of Michael Jackson's 1987 hit album and recently debuted at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, will see a limited theatrical run beginning Oct. 19. That's when fans in Los Angeles and New York will be able to screen the doc in exclusive one-week engagements (see locations and dates below).
Examining Jackson’s creative vision, Academy Award winner Lee uses rare footage along with the recollections of Jackson's collaborators and confidants to tell the story of the album. Among them: Martin Scorsese who directed the 18-minute short film for the single "Bad," and Mariah Carey.
The doc is one of several projects timed to the 25th anniversary of Bad. They include a deluxe package of remastered music along with a second disc of 13 rare and previously unreleased bonus tracks, as well as the first ever DVD and live CD from the Bad world tour (shot and recorded on July 16, 1988 at Wembley stadium).
Said John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of The Estate of Michael Jackson, in a statement: “Spike was the only choice for us when we decided to open up the archives and make this documentary. He has done a masterful job taking the audience behind the scenes and revealing how this ‘coming of age’ project was created.”
See BAD 25 screening information below:
New York: Oct. 19 to 26 at AMC Loews Theater; 66 Third Ave.
Los Angeles: Oct. 26 to Nov. 2 at Chinese 6 Theaters; 6801 Hollywood Blvd.
After the theater run, BAD 25 will air on ABC on Thanksgiving night (Nov. 22). The documentary will be released on DVD sometime in February 2013.