Watch the Trailer for the 'Bitchin'' Rick James Documentary
The film captures the 'Sound & Fury' of "one of rock, funk and R&B's most legendary and often under-appreciated figures"
Published Aug 04, 2021In a banner year for music documentaries, Rick James will be the latest to have his life and work explored at length on film.
Following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in June, Bitchin': The Sound and Fury of Rick James will premiere on Showtime September 3, and a first trailer can be viewed below ahead of its arrival.
Directed by Sacha Jenkins (Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men), Bitchin' is said to be "an intimate yet propulsive look at...one of rock, funk and R&B's most legendary and often under-appreciated figures."
The documentary will include rare footage of James' live shows, never-before-seen home video, original interviews with the likes of Ice Cube, Bootsy Collins, Big Daddy Kane and more, and talks with James himself.
In a Canadian connection before he achieved '70s stardom and Chappelle's Show notoriety, James dodged the Vietnam War and moved to Toronto in 1964, where he soon befriended local scene staples Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. With Young, James would form the Mynah Birds, which also included future Buffalo Springfield bassist Bruce Palmer.
James died in 2004. Last year, it was reported that the artist would be the subject of a forthcoming true crime biopic.