Bad 25 

@ Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Linwood Dunn Theater

Sunday, Jul 13 2014
Last month marked both the fifth anniversary of Michael Jackson's death and the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. The filmmaker is no stranger to the King of Pop's work; he directed the video for "They Don't Care About Us." And in 2012, he released Bad 25, a 25th-anniversary documentary on the making of what was unquestionably the singer's last great studio record. As part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' summerlong retrospective on Lee (dating back to his days at NYU film school), the movie is a behind-the-scenes look at not only the album's tracks but also its elaborate videos, back when they were called "short films." Lee interviewed nearly everyone involved in Bad's creation, including label executives, musicians and engineers, as well as Martin Scorsese (director of the title track's video), Siedah Garrett (co-writer of "Man in the Mirror" and co-singer on "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"), Sheryl Crow (tour backup singer) and choreographers Vincent Paterson ("Smooth Criminal") and Jeffrey Daniel ("Bad" and "Smooth Criminal"), the latter of whom was a Soul Train dancer and taught Jackson the Moonwalk. Now you can finally learn the origin of "Shamone." (Hint: Mavis Staples sang it first.) Linwood Dunn Theater, 1313 Vine St., Hlywd.; Sun., July 13, 2:30 p.m.; $5, $3 students. (310) 247-3000, oscars.org.
Sun., July 13, 2:30 p.m., 2014 (Expired: 07/13/14)
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