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Watch the trailer for Spike Lee's new Michael Jackson documentary

Watch the trailer for Spike Lee's new Michael Jackson documentary


It's hitting Sundance next weekend and Showtime on February 5th

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Spike Lee's Chi-Raq is only a few weeks into its run on Amazon Prime Video, but the prolific director isn't resting on his laurels. Lee's new documentary Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall is premiering in just a few weeks, and its first trailer was made available last night. It's going to play for the first time at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24th before landing on Showtime on February 5th.

The documentary's title is a mouthful, but it tells you everything you need to know. Lee's tracking the in-between years of Jackson's career, namely the period where he leapt from the Jackson 5's prime into his adult solo career with the seminal Off the Wall. The Weeknd, David Byrne, and Questlove all appear in the trailer to talk about the album's impact on their lives, and the full documentary includes interviews with everyone from Pharrell and John Legend to Kobe Bryant (!) and Misty Copeland. (Jackson's parents and siblings also participate.)

Michael Jackson's Journey is Lee's second Jackson-centric documentary: he also directed Bad 25 in 2012, a film that celebrated the 25th anniversary of Jackson's titular album. While Jackson was still alive, Lee directed him in the video for 1996 single "They Don't Care About Us." The combination of celebrity interviews, directorial expertise, and archived performance footage makes for a promising proposition. Unless you're heading to Utah next weekend, you'll have to wait until February 5th to check it out for yourself.