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Thread started 05/25/16 1:31am

ComeHereLetMeC
utYourHair

Dear Spike Lee and Sanaa Hamri,

I think you two should team up to do a documentary on Prince!

I would much prefer a documentary rather than another actor portraying Prince in a movie.

I know it's too early to start working on this now, but seriously consider it!!

It would be amazzzing if you two got together because then it would be done right!

just my 2 cents... what do y'all think?

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Reply #1 posted 05/25/16 1:41am

GuyBros

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I enjoyed Spike's effort in Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall.

Time will tell what happens here.

"I mean I always figured you were a trip at times, but now I'm beginning to believe you're a freaking vacation." -2elijah
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Reply #2 posted 05/25/16 2:12am

ComeHereLetMeC
utYourHair

Spike also did an amazing documentary on Hurricane Katrina called "When the Levees Break"

You're right I guess, time will tell

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Reply #3 posted 05/25/16 3:37am

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Good idea. They should include his sister, childhood, musician friends, and band members from the beginning to his last, some of his close friends within the past 10 years, to share moments of their experiences/. friendships with him.
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Reply #4 posted 05/25/16 3:47am

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I would love for Spike Lee to do something. He can bring the passion and flavor. But I hope he has collaborators/fanatic advisors/outside input too because Prince was huge enough that not one person can appreciate it all or even keep it all in mind.

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Reply #5 posted 05/25/16 5:05am

simon1969

I would think that Asif Kapadia would be another good choice.

I thought that Amy and Senna were both visually striking documentaries

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Reply #6 posted 05/25/16 6:25am

TrivialPursuit

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GuyBros said:

I enjoyed Spike's effort in Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall.

Time will tell what happens here.

That thing was horrible. It was disjointed, and mostly people reminiscing about MJ, instead of telling the story.

Just when U think U've got more than enough, that's when it all up and flies away.
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Reply #7 posted 05/25/16 6:40am

radici27

I'd want Questlove involved in some capacity, perhaps as an advisor or producer.
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Reply #8 posted 05/25/16 7:21am

mtlfan

I suggested Spike do a doc on another thread. I'm on board. An oral history featuring people from every Prince era, either as a book or as a doc, would be fantastic. Something more official and with rights to the music (unlike previous docs). The only downside to a doc like this is that a book could be longer; the downside to a book being you can't see and hear Prince and the Revolution crank out America.

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Reply #9 posted 05/25/16 7:58am

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Spike Lee has done an absolute rancid job on the Michael Jackson documentaries. If it wasn't for his access to the Estate's archive, they would be boring as hell. They're just a bunch of recycled information that fans have heard a thousand times over. No one who has acess to Michael's collaborators should be able to fail as hard as he did, although Joe Vogel came pretty close...

Always cry 4 love, never cry 4 pain.
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Reply #10 posted 05/25/16 8:07am

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mtlfan said:

I suggested Spike do a doc on another thread. I'm on board. An oral history featuring people from every Prince era, either as a book or as a doc, would be fantastic. Something more official and with rights to the music (unlike previous docs). The only downside to a doc like this is that a book could be longer; the downside to a book being you can't see and hear Prince and the Revolution crank out America.



It would be possible to do both under the same banner. Basically they should make the documentary just as you suggested, an oral history, then when it's finished they can produce a coffee table book about the doco - a companion book to the movie with the same name. The book could have beautiful photographs of the talking heads in the doco and transcribe what they said. Additional essays on Prince could be included and many unseen photos of the man himself - and a foreward in the book written by Spike Lee himself would be nice. I'd also suggest a soundtrack of the doco be released too - hopefully including unreleased live tracks and studio cuts that are shown in the movie for the first time.
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Reply #11 posted 05/25/16 10:07am

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bluegangsta said:

Spike Lee has done an absolute rancid job on the Michael Jackson documentaries. If it wasn't for his access to the Estate's archive, they would be boring as hell. They're just a bunch of recycled information that fans have heard a thousand times over. No one who has acess to Michael's collaborators should be able to fail as hard as he did, although Joe Vogel came pretty close...

lol

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Reply #12 posted 05/25/16 5:56pm

mtlfan

Junglehop said:

mtlfan said:

I suggested Spike do a doc on another thread. I'm on board. An oral history featuring people from every Prince era, either as a book or as a doc, would be fantastic. Something more official and with rights to the music (unlike previous docs). The only downside to a doc like this is that a book could be longer; the downside to a book being you can't see and hear Prince and the Revolution crank out America.

It would be possible to do both under the same banner. Basically they should make the documentary just as you suggested, an oral history, then when it's finished they can produce a coffee table book about the doco - a companion book to the movie with the same name. The book could have beautiful photographs of the talking heads in the doco and transcribe what they said. Additional essays on Prince could be included and many unseen photos of the man himself - and a foreward in the book written by Spike Lee himself would be nice. I'd also suggest a soundtrack of the doco be released too - hopefully including unreleased live tracks and studio cuts that are shown in the movie for the first time.

Ah, like the (somewhat spread out) Beatles Anthology project. Why not, other bands (cough Rolling Stones) put out new product every December in time for Christmas.

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Reply #13 posted 05/26/16 2:38pm

ComeHereLetMeC
utYourHair

mtlfan said:

I suggested Spike do a doc on another thread. I'm on board. An oral history featuring people from every Prince era, either as a book or as a doc, would be fantastic. Something more official and with rights to the music (unlike previous docs). The only downside to a doc like this is that a book could be longer; the downside to a book being you can't see and hear Prince and the Revolution crank out America.

This an outstanding concept!! A documentary to be shown in theaters and at the same time patrons would be able to purchase an accompanying book in theaters!!

However, I haven't heard anyone mention Sanaa Hamri. She was very close with Prince and directed a few of his videos. I believe she would have more knowledge of how Prince was behind the scenes than Spike Lee. Her insight is mandatory for any film or documentary on Prince. She is from morocco and I believe was the inspiration for Prince's journey with that type of music.

Please someone shed some more light on the subject of Prince's connection with Sanaa Hamri. That would be greatly appreciated! Because to give all of the power to only one person such as Spike Lee would mean that we are only seeing Prince through one person's eyes. There's always 2 sides to every story, that's why I suggest a team of directors is needed to portray Prince in the most honest way, even if that means it is not necessarily in the best light.

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