Whitney is described as an "unflinching portrait" of the late singer and her family that will shed "new light" on her life. Macdonald, who also made music doc waves with the underrated 2000 Mick Jagger doc Being Mick, had access to previously unreleased archival footage, exclusive demos, and rare live performances during the production. He boarded the project a full two years ago.
Marley, Macdonald's 2012 Bob Marley documentary, received widespread critical acclaim for its exploration of the music icon's legacy. Roger Ebert called Marley an "ambitious and comprehensive" film that serves as a "careful and respectful" document of the singer's life and impact.
With Whitney, the Oscar-winning documentarian and narrative filmmaker was again able to secure final cut privileges. "I've made two others since [Being Mick], one about Bob Marley and this," he told the Hollywood Reporter last week. "I wouldn't have entered into either of them unless I had final cut. But we've actually had a very unacrimonious and pleasant collaboration, and they've been supportive of the film, even though there are quite a few sensitive issues brought up."
Macdonald is joined on Whitney by producers Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn, and Lisa Erspamer. The film hits theaters July 6.