Making Changes – The Hollywood Reporter

Title Jennifer Lopez‘s half time Documentary, streaming now Netflixnot only refers to the way the film explores her preparations for Her performance in the 2020 Super Bowl with Shakira But also Lopez is looking forward to the second half of her life at the age of 50.

“I feel like I’m just getting started,” Lopez says in the film as she celebrates her 50th birthday. And then, she thought about more things she hoped to achieve in her life.

In fact, when producer Dave Broom first participated in the movie that would become half timeMany of the more significant moments in Lopez’s career from the past few years, which feature prominently in the film, didn’t even happen.

Talking to The Hollywood Reporter previous to half timePremiere in 2022 Tribeca Festival Last week, Broome explained how filming began as Lopez “when she was nearing the end of her Las Vegas residency wondering what’s next in her life and we had no idea.”

crooks Prom added. “And nothing was happening in her life as we’ve seen it now for the past four years is something we thought we’d photograph.”

As made by Lopez crooks She embarked on an awards campaign for her role, which unfortunately ended in not receiving an Oscar nomination, and many expected she would, and when she was chosen to co-title Super Bowl 2020 with Shakira, “the whole movie changed,” Broome said.

“It was a continuous fluidity [for four years]. You start with a chart and go, “That’s what we’re going to do.” Then all of a sudden, “What do you mean she stars in this movie where she plays a stripper? What do you mean she gets a potential Oscar nomination? The great thing about making a documentary is that none of this was written, it’s true. It’s true,” Broome said: So when you follow it, you go after it and find the story and build it as you go.” “I can’t tell you how many edits we’ve made. It’s like, “Okay, here’s the movie.” “Wait, this isn’t the movie because that just happened.” “Now here’s the movie.” “Oh wait that’s not all.”

Lopez’s producing partner, Elaine Goldsmith Thomas, of Tribeca Theatre, shared how the project became something bigger.

She said while making a movie.

Academy Award-nominated director Amanda Mitchell was brought in towards the end of 2019 to compose “hundreds and hundreds of hours of archival and personal footage” and “finding the untold story.”

This process involved nearly two years of adjustments amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with Mitchell preparing for interviews as the world shuts down in March 2020. As COVID restrictions drop, interviews with Lopez and those close to her have begun and Mitchell says they have been. Able to “find the story in the editing room”.

“It was really an epic quest and for me it ended up being a labor of love,” she said.

The resulting film shows Lopez contemplating her life in an honest and vulnerable way, sometimes explaining how low her self-esteem was when she was criticized.

“When you make a documentary and start looking at your life in a different way, it is an emotional process. It was like therapy honestly,” Micheli said of her interviews with Lopez. “I really think, looking back, she admitted to times when her self-esteem wasn’t bulletproof and it was That’s a surprise to me because I’ve always seen her so successful.”

[The following paragraphs contain spoilers from Halftime.]

While the film shows tears in bed and moments of frustration, Lopez is shown dealing with Oscar contempt amid what appears to be Super Bowl rehearsals, telling colleagues how she had a dream about being nominated and waking up to a fulfillment and finding out it wasn’t true.

“The truth is, I’m really starting to think I’m going to get a nomination,” she says in the movie. “I got my hopes up because a lot of people were telling me I would be. And then it just didn’t happen.”

half time He also tends to have the political inspiration behind Lopez’s performance in the first half.

At the beginning of the documentary, Lopez explained that while she is not “into politics”, she was living in the United States which she “did not recognize”. She appears to be particularly upset about the separation of immigrant families under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy at the Mexican border, adding that the highly publicized photos of children in cages really stuck with her.

Lopez appears, saying, “These fuckers act like everybody’s an immigrant trying to sneak into the country and a criminal, because that’s the novel Trump came up with, and it’s bullshit.” “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 feeling upset over some of the NFL’s decisions, including the league’s “top competitors” wanting to remove cages the night before the Super Bowl and Lopez and Medina expressing their frustration at the selection of two Latina women for the first-half title. It appears instead of just one performer. Lopez, in particular, is frustrated as she’s dealing with the logistics of trying to cut her show down to six minutes for a 14-minute double show. In this discussion with her music director, she said that having two Super Bowl shows was “the worst idea in the world.” She previously told Shakira that if the NFL wanted key players, they should give them 20 minutes.

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Broome, who has conducted several projects for Netflix, felt the launcher made sense for the project as a “global platform for…a global superstar”.

He’s still impressed that Netflix didn’t immediately say yes to the prospect of a Jennifer Lopez documentary.

He said, “When I entered the project [to Netflix] And I said, “I have a Jennifer Lopez documentary, what do you think?” And it’s thanks to them that they’re not like, “Oh yeah, we’re in, Dave, let’s go.” The question was “Great, what is this? What story are you going to tell? How are you going to put it together? Who is the director? What do we say and what do we think we want to do.”