Venice: Spike Lee On His Michael Jackson Documentary 'Bad 25'

Spike Lee was on the Lido today with Michael Jackson documentary Bad 25, and producer John Branca who reps the late singer’s estate. The pair deflected questions about why Quincy Jones doesn’t appear in the documentary about the making of one of Jackson’s seminal albums. The record was the last that Jones produced with Jackson after Off The Wall and Thriller. “Even though I didn’t interview Quincy, he is given much respect,” said Lee. “He has a busy travel schedule and is not always available,” Branca added. The film, which officially screens tonight, has so far stirred mixed reactions. One industry exec said they were disappointed that it wasn’t as emotional as Kenny Ortega’s documentary This Is It while another countered that seeing the craft that went into making the album was enlightening. Lee, who professed he was a lifelong fan of Jackson’s, admitted he’d left his name out of a roll call of the best black musicians given by Samuel L. Jackson in his own Do The Right Thing. “I’m not gonna lie, he’s not in the roll call. I’ve got to talk to Sam about that,” he said. Lee was to be presented with the Glory of the Filmmaker award at the Bad 25 screening.

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