Showtime’s much-anticipated Motown documentary, Hitsville: The Making of Motown, is now scheduled to broadcast on August 24th.
Directed by brothers Gabe and Ben Turner, who have written and directed multiple high-profile documentaries and who have crafted music videos for Demi Lovato, One Direction, and other artists, Hitsville will chart the inception of Motown in Detroit circa 1958. Additionally, the label’s growth, impact, and eventual move from Detroit to Los Angeles will also be highlighted.
Besides being the highest-profile and most in-depth Motown documentary in recent memory (and perhaps ever), Hitsville is unique in that it has received approval—and support—from Motown founder Berry Gordy.
Countless interviews, archival clips, behind-the-scenes accounts, and previously unknown facts are expected to be included in the work, mostly as a result of Gordy’s full-fledged backing. The man who founded Motown is, all these years later, the key to understanding the label, the musicians, and the movement that was inspired.
Showtime uploaded a teaser to YouTube, and fans can watch the trailer to get a glimpse of what Hitsville will bring to the table.
In addition to appearing on Showtime on August 24th, Hitsville: The Making of Motown will be screened in Detroit the night before on August 23rd. The one-night-only showing will take place at the Emagine Royal Oak, a popular Main Street movie theater.
Prior to the Detroit screening, Showtime will also show the film in Los Angeles. This comprehensive premier is scheduled for August 8th and will be open only to those who helped to make Hitsville a reality. Gordy, who is healthy at 89 years of age, is planning to attend this red carpet showing, as is Smokey Robinson, who is 79 years old.
Ticket information for the August 23rd screening is expected to be made available in the coming weeks.
But of course, ‘broadcast’ is becoming an antiquated term. Those who miss Hitsville: The Making of Motown when it premiers in August will be able to stream it after the fact.