February 2013 is gearing up to be a big month for Beyonce: After she performs at the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show Feb. 3, a feature documentary about the singer’s life will premiere Feb. 16 on HBO.
The network announced the production Monday, adding that Beyonce shot some of the first-person footage from her own laptop. The film is advertised as an intimate look into Beyonce’s usually very private life.
“Everybody knows Beyoncé's music, but few know Beyoncé the person," said Michael Lombardo, HBO president of programming. "Along with electrifying footage of Beyoncé onstage, this unique special looks beyond the glamour to reveal a vibrant, vulnerable, unforgettable woman."
The Lost Angeles Times reported in August that Beyonce and her representatives were in search of a studio to host the documentary; they decided on HBO.
"HBO has a history of pushing every boundary with class and authenticity," said Beyonce in a statement. "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."
According to HBO, the documentary will touch on several aspects of the singer’s life.
“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 Beyonce 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 network said in a statement.
“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 Beyonce felt when she decided to manage her career and build her own company, Parkwood Entertainment. The film 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.”