SummerDocs: ‘Whitney. Can I Be Me’ on August 17 in Southampton

SummerDocs host (and HIFF Co-Chair) Alec Baldwin is back for the ninth year to present new and groundbreaking documentary filmmaking and thought-provoking stories to the East End.

On August 17, SummerDocs heads to Southampton for the first time with WHITNEY. CAN I BE ME, an intimate and revealing portrait of the iconic superstar. Join us on Thursday, August 17, at 7pm at the UA Southampton.

Followed by Alec Baldwin and HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent in conversation with the film’s director, Rudi Dolezal.

UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: WEMBLEY ARENA. Whitney Houston performing on stage. WWHITNEY. "CAN I BE ME". Photo Credit: Photo by David Corio/Redferns/SHOWTIME Photo ID: WHITNEY_canibeme_Whitney_85342957


Directors: Nick Broomfield, Rudi Dolezal
Thursday, August 17 | 7:00PM
UA Southampton 4 Theatres in Southampton

Whitney Houston was a sure thing, or as sure as the music industry had ever seen. A transcendent talent with pedigree and mentorship to match, she was going to be the greatest female vocalist ever. For a time, she was, and then she all-too-publicly fell short.

Documentarian Nick Broomfield and iconic music video director Rudi Dolezal offer a never-before-seen backstage look at the height of Houston’s stardom and trace with penetrating detail the forces that contributed to her shortened career and subsequent death in 2012, at age 48. Whether it be racism, religion, drugs, sexuality, self-doubt, gossip, rivalry, insufficient training, the demands of parents and the industry, a troubled marriage playing out in headlines, or the inevitable toll those stresses take from so muscular and passionate a singer, the directors leave nothing unturned. They create a picture of a remarkable woman who needed more help than she received and provide an unflinching, gripping, and wholly committed exploration of talent given and taken away, in an era obsessed with how that talent lives when the stage lights go down.

In conversation: director Rudi Dolezal

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  1. I would love tickets to the Thursday showing about Whitney! With Alec Baldwin. Can you please tell me how to buy tix? Thank you.