Name Jennifer Lopez Break The documentary, currently streaming on Netflix, goes beyond how the film explores her preparation for her 2020 Super Bowl performance with Shakira but also Lopez, who looks forward to the second half of her life as she turns 50.
“I feel like I’m just getting started,” Lopez says in the film as she celebrates her 50th birthday. And later, she reflects on other things she hopes to achieve in her life.
In fact, when producer Dave Broom first started working on the film, Breakmany of the most significant moments in Lopez’s professional life over the past few years, which feature prominently in the film, have not even happened.
Speaking with Hollywood Reporter ahead BreakLast week at the 2022 Tribeca Festival, Broom explained how filming for Lopez began “as she was coming to the end of her Las Vegas residency wondering what was next in her life and we had no idea.”
“Hustlers not discussed,” Broom added. “And nothing that happened in her life that we have seen now in the last four years, we did not think that we would shoot.”
How Lopez did Hustlers and embarked on an awards campaign for her performance, which unfortunately ended with her not receiving the Oscar nomination that many predicted for her, and when she was chosen to co-headline the 2020 Super Bowl with Shakira, “the whole movie has changed.” Broome said.
“It was a constant fluidity [for four years]. You start with a plan and say, “Here’s what we’re going to do.” And then all of a sudden, “What do you mean she’s in this movie now where she plays a stripper? What do you mean by a potential Oscar nomination? The great thing about making a documentary is that it’s not a script, it’s real life. So when you follow him, you chase after him, find and build the story as you go,” Broome said. “I can’t tell you how many edits we had. It’s like, “OK, here’s the movie.” “Oh wait, that’s not the movie because it just happened.” “Here’s the movie.” “Oh wait, it’s not like that.”
Lopez’s production partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas spoke from the Tribeca stage about how the project became something more.
“What started out as a gun run trying to capture Jennifer celebrating her 50th birthday on the It’s My Party tour began to turn into something else when my partner Benny Medina saw there was something to tell,” she said, introducing movie.
Near the end of 2019, Oscar-nominated director Amanda Micheli was brought in to shape “hundreds and hundreds of hours of archival and personal footage” and “find the story that hasn’t been told”.
This process included roughly two years of editing amid the COVID-19 pandemic as Micheli prepared for interviews as the world closed in March 2020. As COVID restrictions eased, interviews began with Lopez and those close to her, and Micheli says she was able to “find a story in the editing room.”
“It was a really big deal, and it turned out to be a love affair for me,” she said.
The resulting film shows Lopez reflecting honestly and vulnerablely on her life, at times explaining how she had low self-esteem when she was criticized.
“When you make a documentary and start looking at your life differently, it’s an emotional process. Honestly, it was like therapy,” Micheli said of her interviews with Lopez. “I think she did, in retrospect, acknowledge the times when her self-esteem wasn’t bulletproof, and that was a surprise to me because I’ve always seen her so successful.”
[The following paragraphs contain spoilers from Halftime.]
While the film shows her crying in bed and moments of disappointment, Lopez is shown dealing with an Oscar snub against the backdrop of what appears to be a Super Bowl rehearsal as she tells her co-stars that she had a dream in which she really was nominated and woke up. check it out and it turns out it’s not true.
“The truth is, I really started to think I was going to be nominated,” she says in the film. “I had hopes because so many people told me that I would. And then it didn’t happen.”
Break also draws on the political inspiration behind Lopez’s halftime performance.
At the beginning of the documentary, Lopez explains that although she does not “go into politics”, she lived in the United States that she “did not know”. She seems particularly upset by migrant families divided as a result of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy at the Mexican border, adding that the highly publicized images of children in cages really stood out to her.
“These bastards act like they are all immigrants who are trying to infiltrate the country and are criminals because this is a Trump-created narrative that is bullshit,” Lopez is shown saying. “Some of us have been here for years and a lot of these people are just good people who believe in the American dream – that’s all they want.”
The film also shows Lopez’s team resenting some of the NFL’s decisions, including “seniors” in the league who want to remove the cages the night before the Super Bowl, and Lopez and Medina expressing disappointment that the league chose two Hispanic women to lead the break between halves. show instead of one artist. Lopez, in particular, gets frustrated trying to cut his show down to six minutes for a 14-minute show with two headliners. It is in this conversation with her music director that she says that having two Super Bowl performers was “the worst idea in the world”. She previously told Shakira that if the NFL needed two headliners, they needed to be given 20 minutes.
Broome, who has done several projects for Netflix, thinks the streamer makes sense for the project as “a global platform for… the world’s superstar.”
However, he was impressed that Netflix did not immediately agree to the prospect of a Jennifer Lopez documentary.
He said: “When I started the project in [to Netflix] and I said, “I have a documentary about Jennifer Lopez, what do you think?” To their credit, they’re not like, “Oh yeah, we’re in, Dave, let’s go.” The question was: “Great, what is it? What story are you going to tell? How are you going to put it together? Who is the director? What we say and what we think we want to do.”