M.I.A.'s Long-Awaited Documentary to Premiere at Sundance 2018
Published Nov 30, 2017Today (November 30), organizers behind the Sundance Film Festival lifted the curtain on the feature films set to screen at the event's 2018 edition. As far as music-related features go, a delayed documentary on M.I.A. will receive its world premiere at the fest next year.
Titled MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A, the festival's website notes that the doc will draw from "a never before seen cache of personal footage spanning decades" to paint "an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions." The site lists Stephen Loveridge as director, with Lori Cheatle, Andrew Goldman and Paul Mezey serving as producers.
Some listeners may remember the documentary had been planned as early as 2012, initially set for release alongside a full-length that was titled Matangi. In 2013, director Loveridge leaked a trailer for the film himself after becoming frustrated with M.I.A.'s label Interscope over release date delays, writing to viewers, "reblog the shit out of this and maybe they'll wake up..."
Loveridge told the label that he "really couldn't give a flying fuck," and that he "would rather die than work on this..." Back in March of this year, M.I.A. told FACT that she had no idea of the film's status and hadn't spoken to Loveridge in years.
The trailer that emerged online featured interviews with Kanye West, Spike Jonze, Switch, Jimmy Iovine and more.