The documentary is remarkable mostly for its behind the scenes footage of her 1999 European tour, shot by Rudi Dolezal, whom Houston personally commissioned. The trailer paints a picture that feels more salacious than tragic—at times various voiceovers refer to drug use and the dogged pursuit of perfection. As a portrait of a singer who was affected so greatly by the darker side of fame, it looks like it’s worth a watch.
Speaking to Jezebel in April, Dolezal shared his some of his thought process behind bringing the documentary to light:
My motivation was: Here I was with footage when you hear and see her singing and I was privileged to be the guy who was filming that. It was one of the most outstanding, magic moments I ever filmed in my life with any band. I wanted this to be out in an appropriate project and I think the Whitney Houston onstage is what I’d like to talk about more.
Can I Be Me will premiere on Showtime on August 26.