Producers for a forthcoming documentary on the late jazz singer Billie Holiday have released the film’s first trailer. To be titled Billie, the film will feature footage collected from 200 hours of unreleased audio interviews conducted by Linda Lipnack Kuehl in the 1970s for a biography project that was never finished. Interview subjects to be featured in the film include Tony Bennett, Charles Mingus, Count Basie, and Sylvia Sims, in addition to childhood friends and even the federal agents who arrested the singer on narcotics charges.
The James Erskine-directed film is due out on November 13th, and an official soundtrack will be released by Verve/UMe that same day. It’s not clear at the moment whether or not movie theaters will be reopened by the date of the film’s release.
The first trailer shared on Wednesday showcases newly-colored archive photographs while Holiday’s 1939 protest song, “Strange Fruit”, plays throughout. Watch the new trailer in full below.
Billie [Official Trailer]
[Video: Greenwich Entertainment]
[H/T Rolling Stone]