Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall


  Saturday, August 20, 2016 - Martha's Vineyard Performing Arts Center, Oak Bluffs

Discussion to follow with director Spike Lee

 Dir. Spike Lee l Documentary | U.S.A. | 2016 | 93 min.

In order to tell the story of Michael Jackson's seminal album, this film, directed by Spike Lee, starts with a glimpse into Michael's evolution, seeing how this young talent soaked up everything around him and how those influences enabled the transition from member of the Jackson Five to the creative independence and control of his first solo album. Lee explores the album track by track, contextualizing the cultural significance of the album and the impact it continues to have today. What emerges is a profile of an earnest and passionate boy who becomes the “King of Pop."

“Lee keeps his celebration smart and not soppy. He gets you excited, makes you feel the moment, see what was new in it, why it mattered.” – Robert Lloyd, The Los Angeles Times

“Mr. Lee’s objective is to define Jackson as a particular type of artist—a thoughtful, highly conscious perfectionist who never stopped honing his technique, rather than an instinctual physical genius who merely had to walk onstage, pop his hips and let out a falsetto shriek.” – Mike Hale, The New York Times


Thank you to the screening sponsor