Beyonce Directs New Documentary About Beyonce That Was Also Shot on Beyonce’s Laptop


HBO has today announced their acquisition of a star-studded new feature-length documentary that they will debut early next year. In this case, “star-studded” applies only if you’re willing to “stud” things with just one “star” (a huge one, though), because this new doc is a film about performer Beyonce, directed by Beyonce, executive produced by Beyonce, that has been partially filmed on the laptop computer of, you guessed it, Beyonce. Yes, this is the doc equivalent of “write what you know.”

The film is described as an “intimate” look at the Grammy Award winner, that is a “fusion of video that provides raw, unprecedented access to the private entertainment icon and high-voltage performances.” That “fusion of video” will include first-person footage (including that laptop stuff), interviews, performances, and even home videos. No word yet on the title of the film, but we’re going with Beyonce. You can check out the full press release after the break, if you need more Beyonce in your life.

Multiple Grammy winner, entrepreneur and actress Beyoncé will be the focus of an intimate feature-length HBO documentary film debuting Feb. 16, 2013, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Directed by the superstar, the film is a fusion of video that provides raw, unprecedented access to the private entertainment icon and high-voltage performances.

“Everybody knows Beyoncé’s music, but few know Beyoncé the person,” said Lombardo. “Along with electrifying footage of Beyoncé onstage, this unique special looks beyond the glamour to reveal a vibrant, vulnerable, unforgettable woman.”

“HBO has a history of pushing every boundary with class and authenticity,” said Beyoncé. “Some of my favorite shows are on HBO, so I am excited that my film will be part of its bold programming. This film was so personal to me, it had to have the right home.”

The film is a multi-faceted portrait of the 16-time Grammy Award-winning singer, businesswoman, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, wife and mother, showing off the extraordinary gifts that have made her a global phenomenon, and stripping away the veneer of stardom. It includes extensive first-person footage, some of it shot by Beyoncé on her laptop, in which she reflects on the realities of celebrity, the refuge she finds onstage and the transcendent joy of becoming a mother last year.

The film sheds light on her childhood in Houston, with home movies revealing the close bond she built with her family and charts the challenges Beyoncé felt when she decided to manage her career and build her own company, Parkwood Entertainment. It also captures the intense physical and emotional demands she goes through in the studio, preparing for live performances, running a business and her family life, including her return to the spotlight after the birth of her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, in January 2012.

Beyoncé also serves as the film’s executive producer.

While this sort of thing definitely screams “vanity project!,” Beyonce has a track record of actually sharing interesting, intimate details about her life with fans; her Official Tumblr page is notoriously peppered with personal photos and notes from the star, so hopefully that same spirit will translate to her new film.

HBO will premiere the film on February 16, 2013. [Press Release]

Kate is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a contributing writer for,,, Vulture,,, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, and amNY. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and She lives her life like a French movie, Steve.

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