Netflix continues to make headway into the documentary genre through sheer force of will. Over the past few years, Netflix has received dozens of shortlist contenders and even picked up two nominations last year. The streaming service has made waves with the Oscars, winning last year’s Best Documentary Feature category with “Icarus” and taking their first feature-length prize in the process. They’ve also received nominations for biographical documentaries, including “What Happened, Miss Simone?” in 2015. Now, they’re gearing up for another documentary based on musical icon Quincy Jones.
The news about the Netflix documentary comes with a couple important tidbits. The first is that Jones’ daughter, Rashida Jones will be one of the directors on the feature. Alan Hicks will co-direct the film with Jones. This gives the film the opportunity to showcase personal and family footage unseen by the rest of the world. In that regard, it should present the most personal aspects of Quincy Jones’ life.
Second, the film will receive a theatrical release. What Hicks and Jones have crafted clearly made waves with Netflix. The September release date has also been a good one for Netflix. Last year, their nominee “Strong Island” debuted in September. So did “Gaga: Five Foot Two” It’s possible that the film gets a considerable push from the streaming service for Oscar season.
Quincy Jones is an icon, an EGOT winner, and a legend. His career launched dozens more, including Opera Winfrey, Michael Jackson, and Will Smith. He’s deserving of the considerable praise he’s received over the years. He also puts his thoughts out for the world to hear, making him a fascinating subject. At best, “Quincy” could be a quick player. At worst, we’re about to get an unparalleled look at his life.
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