Donna Summer Documentary Trailer Spotlights Late Singer’s Life and Music (Video)

Love to Love You, Donna Summer. (Credit: HBO)

The late Donna Summer shares a secret in the trailer for the HBO documentary Love to Love You, Donna Summer.

What fans saw on stage and in music videos wasn’t the music legend’s true persona.

“You’re looking at me, but what you see is not who I am,” Summer says in the video. “It’s really acting. I’m not trying to be me.”

The movie is filled with the singer-songwriter’s music, including her early hits with Giorgio Moroder. It also features never-before-seen home video, and memories from Summer’s family, friends, and fellow musicians.

According to the official synopsis, the documentary offers an “in-depth look at the iconic artist as she creates music that takes her from the avant-garde music scene in Germany, to the glitter and bright lights of dance clubs in New York, to worldwide acclaim.”

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Born LaDonna Adrian Gaines in Boston, Summer rose to stardom in the 1970s and became known as the “Queen of Disco.”

She sold over 100 million records worldwide and won five Grammy Awards. She died from cancer at the age of 63 in 2012.

The documentary on her life is directed by Oscar and Emmy-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams (HBO’s The Apollo) and Summer’s daughter, actress Brooklyn Sudano.

Executive producers on the film include Brooklyn Sudano, Bruce Sudano, Michele Anthony, Bruce Resnikoff, Monte Lipman, Brett Alperowitz, along with Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, Sara Rodriguez. The film is produced by Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn, Roger Ross Williams, and David Blackman, J. Daniel Torres, and Robert Komadina.

Love to Love You, Donna Summer debuts Saturday, May 20 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max. The documentary premiered earlier this year at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival.

Watch the trailer above.