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go crazy! ava duvernay to bless us with prince doc

October 30, 2018
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Jumping to the front of the list of “Shit that excites us most”: Prince‘s estate has given Ava DuVernay the keys to the legendary musician’s vault, in order to make the definitive documentary about him for Netflix. Variety reports that that the film is set to include multiple parts and that it will span the entirety of the artist’s career.

Going on Twitter this morning, DuVernay confirmed the news. “Prince was a genius, a joy and a jolt to the senses,” the Oscar-nominated director wrote. “He shattered preconceived notions, smashed boundaries, and shared his heart through his music. The only way I know how to make this film is with love and great care. I’m honored to do so and grateful.” Black excellence documenting Black excellence is how we like these stories to be told. Good job, Netflix!

But, that’s not all. Variety also reports that a second Prince documentary is in the works — this one at Apple Music. The tech giant’s music service is making a film that will focus exclusively on an August 1983 concert that Prince and his Purple Rain-era band, The Revolution, gave at the artist’s favorite hometown haunt, the First Avenue club in Minneapolis. That show — video and audio bootlegs of which have floated around for decades — is notable because it featured the first performances of many songs included on Purple Rain, as well as the live debut of beloved Revolution guitarist, Wendy Melvoin. A stone-cold classic, that – just listen: