Though it’s been more than six years since her death, Whitney Houston will forever live on as a musical and cultural icon. Adding to our remembrance of her is Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald’s documentary premiering at the Cannes Film Festival this year.
Ahead of the film’s debut, a short clip was released today showing the singer amid her glory days (which spanned decades) rehearsing with backup dancers for a live performance. Houston and her dancers are bedecked in quintessential 90s fashion as she warms up to “I’m Your Baby Tonight” into a small riff of “My Name Is Not Susan.”
The film promises to present an “unflinching portrait of Houston” that “probes beyond familiar tabloid headlines and sheds new light on the spellbinding trajectory of Houston’s life.” Simply titled Whitney, the doc was made with the cooperation of the Houston estate and features “never-before-seen archival footage, exclusive demo recordings, rare performances, audio archives and original interviews with the people who knew her best.” Whitney premieres at Cannes this Thursday and is slated for a July 6 theatrical release. Watch, below.