Last night, SHOWTIME premiered an advanced screening for the new documentary BITCHIN’: The Sound & Fury Of Rick James at IPIC Theatres in Atlanta.
Atlanta’s elite gathered to pay homage and respect to the late funk/R&B icon, Rick James, while also hearing first-hand what his daughter, Ty James had to say about his life and legacy.
VIPs in attendance included Ty James, Jazzy Pha, David Banner, Dallas Austin, Gary Wit Da Tea, Calico Jonez, Ty Young, Alvin & Calvin Waters, Ian Burke & more.
The evening included a stellar performance by a band, performing a rendition of Rick James’ greatest hits.
“As the eldest, it is my responsibility to carry on this legacy. The marathon will continue forever,” says Ty James.
Bitchin’: The Sound & Fury Of Rick James will premiere on SHOWTIME on. Friday, September 3rd at 8/7C. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Sacha Jenkins, this profile of legendary funk/R&B icon Rick James captures the peaks and valleys of his storied career to reveal a complicated and rebellious soul, driven to share his talent with the world.
Known for his unapologetic and charismatic stage presence, James has been celebrated for his massive catalog of such hit songs as “Mary Jane” and “Superfreak.
Sexuality, race, and the tumultuous stew of American culture all contributed to the transformation of the songwriter born as James Ambrose Johnson into the larger-than-life performer forever known as Rick James.
Against a soundtrack that compels you to get out of your seat from the opening moments, Jenkins approaches his subject not with reverence, but instead with indisputable care as he delves into the circumstances that birthed this one-of-a-kind personality.
Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James (2021) Official Trailer | SHOWTIME Documentary Film:
Surprising and enlightening, Jenkins’ film still pulls no punches with its exploration of James’ tragic obsessions. Comprised of rare archival performances, animation, interviews with family and collaborators and recorded conversations with James himself, this crowd-pleasing film proves the impact that this undeniable force had on American music and popular culture.
Photo credit: 1) Ty James. 2) jazzy Pha, Ty James, and Dallas Austin. 3) David Banner. 4) Paula Campbell. 5) Paula Campbell. 6) Gary Wit Da Tea. 7) Jazzy Mcbee. 8) Alvin & Calvin Waters. 9) Ian Burke.