‘Amy’ trailer: the troubled Winehouse that ‘the world wanted a piece of’

21 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Amy Winehouse Doc’s Haunting Trailer Released: “Someone Who Is Trying to Disappear” (Video).

Amy just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, but now those who weren’t lucky enough to travel to France are getting a taste of the soon-to-be-released flick.If you were ever on the fence about Amy Winehouse’s merits as an artist, the first trailer for the upcoming documentary “Amy” seeks to convert you.

“Always a bit upsetting in the end, isn’t it?” Winehouse says in interview footage, referring to a song she was recording in the studio at the time.Made by the same team behind the Bafta award-winning motor racing biopic Senna and featuring unseen footage of the late singer, it whets the appetite for the documentary which that Amy’s dad Mitch wants audiences to boycott.”The more people see of me, the more they’ll realize that all I’m good for is making music,” says a beaming Amy Winehouse in the first full trailer for Amy. The documentary follows the rise of the much-loved (and much-troubled) singer, using archive footage and old interviews of Winehouse, as well as interviews from her many acquaintances. The clip shows numerous home videos, while voiceovers proclaim her greatness with phrases such as “one of the truest artists I ever heard” and how “authentic” she was.

In his Cannes round-up, Irish Times film critic Donald Clarke wrote that Amy “is a work of visual integrity that allows some participants to shine and others to damn themselves. Not only will the movie chronicle her rise to Grammy-award winning singer, it’s clear that filmmaker Asif Kapadia (“Senna”) plans to tackle her rocky relationship with husband Blake Fielder-Civil. Directed by Asif Kapadia (Senna), the new film is packed with rare archival footage and previously unheard tracks from the singer, who died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 at the age of 27.

The just-released clips also let audiences in on Winehouse’s troubled relationship with ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, with Amy saying “I fell in love with someone who I would have died for…and that’s like a real drug, isn’t it?” Regardless of your feelings about the singer’s music, it’s hard not to feel a sense of sadness. They both were tabloid fixtures throughout the late ‘00s and “Amy” will delve into their relationship; according to Variety, the movie details the pair’s drug use. Winehouse’s family and management initially cooperated with the project, but later pulled out, accusing Kapadia of making “unfounded and unbalanced” allegations. “Amy” hits select theaters on July 3 and opens wide July 10. Although the flick is getting a warm reception from critics (The Hollywood Reporter’s Stephen Dalton called it a “tender, intimate portrait”), Amy has been anything but welcomed by the late singer’s family. Last month they gave a statement to Rolling Stone saying “The Winehouse family would like to disassociate themselves from the forthcoming film about their much missed and beloved Amy.” They added that they felt the portrayal is unbalanced, includes interviews from a very narrow group of Amy’s friends, and does a disservice to those suffering with addiction problems.

But the film certainly allows us to conclude that Mitch might have tried a little harder to get Amy off the terrifying arsenal of drugs that did for her. “There are some sour flavours. Just as the film was garnering praise at Cannes, Reg Traviss, Winehouse’s partner at the time of her death, joined in the fray with a searing editorial in The Telegraph. For its second hour, Amy discuss its complex subject simply in terms of her addiction, reminding us of the tabloids that latched on to her as a trigger for feigned shock. That number includes many of the predictable handles, like fellow White House colleagues and different governmental departments (yawn), but he also threw follows to several Chicago sports teams and some of his presidential predecessors.

Her house in Camden was a busy, vibrant household, with a couple of flatmates and family members visiting every day.” He also calls the film’s portrayal of Mitch Winehouse “despicable.” 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. After months of escalating protests and grassroots organizing in response to the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, police reformers have issued many demands.

The moderates in this debate typically qualify their rhetoric with “We all know we need police, but…” It’s a familiar refrain to those of us who’ve spent years in the streets and the barrios organizing around police violence, only to be confronted by officers who snarl, “But who’ll help you if you get robbed?” We can put a man on the moon, but we’re still lacking creativity down here on Earth. While law enforcers have existed in one form or another for centuries, the modern police have their roots in the relatively recent rise of modern property relations 200 years ago, and the “disorderly conduct” of the urban poor. Like every structure we’ve known all our lives, it seems that the policing paradigm is inescapable and everlasting, and the only thing keeping us from the precipice of a dystopic Wild West scenario. Rather than be scared of our impending Road Warrior future, check out just a few of the practicable, real-world alternatives to the modern system known as policing: Unarmed but trained people, often formerly violent offenders themselves, patrolling their neighborhoods to curb violence right where it starts.

Stop believing that police are heroes because they are the only ones willing to get in the way of knives or guns – so are the members of groups like Cure Violence, who were the subject of the 2012 documentary The Interrupters. There are also feminist models that specifically organize patrols of local women, who reduce everything from cat-calling and partner violence to gang murders in places like Brooklyn. While police forces have benefited from military-grade weapons and equipment, some of the most violent neighborhoods have found success through peace rather than war.

Violent offenses count for a fraction of the 11 to 14 million arrests every year, and yet there is no real conversation about what constitutes a crime and what permits society to put a person in chains and a cage. Decriminalization doesn’t work on its own: The cannabis trade that used to employ poor Blacks, Latinos, indigenous and poor whites in its distribution is now starting to be monopolized by already-rich landowners. To quote investigative journalist Christian Parenti’s remarks on criminal justice reform in his book Lockdown America, what we really need most of all is “less.” Also known as reparative or transformative justice, these models represent an alternative to courts and jails.

From hippie communes to the IRA and anti-Apartheid South African guerrillas to even some U.S. cities like Philadelphia’s experiment with community courts, spaces are created where accountability is understood as a community issue and the entire community, along with the so-called perpetrator and the victim of a given offense, try to restore and even transform everyone in the process. In Mexico, where one of the world’s most corrupt police forces only has credibility as a criminal syndicate, there have been armed groups of Policia Comunitaria and Autodefensas organized by local residents for self-defense from narcotraffickers, femicide and police. Obviously these could become police themselves and then be subject to the same abuses, but as a temporary solution they have been making a real impact. In New York, Rikers Island jails as many people with mental illnesses “as all 24 psychiatric hospitals in New York State combined,” which is reportedly 40% of the people jailed at Rikers.

We have created a tremendous amount of mental illness, and in the real debt and austerity dystopia we’re living in, we have refused to treat each other for our physical and mental wounds. Mental health has often been a trapdoor for other forms of institutionalized social control as bad as any prison, but shifting toward preventative, supportive and independent living care can help keep those most impacted from ending up in handcuffs or dead on the street.

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