‘Being: Kem’

‘Being: Kem’

Screens at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, at the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Tickets are $10, $9 for DIA members and seniors.

Before the Detroit-based R&B singer Kem (Kim Owens) signed with Motown Records and began making hit albums, his personal life was in shambles. Director Jon Marc Sandifer allows Kem himself to tell the story of his struggles with drugs, alcohol and homelessness as a teenager — issues he had to conquer before he could seriously pursue a music career.

Filmed for the Centric/BET cable television channel, this brief but compelling documentary also features revealing interviews with key friends, family members and music business associates. This is a fascinating, rags-to-riches look at one of the most successful quiet storm music artists of the last 15 years, and a story of recovery and faith in the healing power of music. World premiere.

AFTER THE FILM: Director Jon Marc Sandifer will be present for a Q&A hosted by Free Press pop music critic Brian McCollum.

Year: 2015
Running time: 40 minutes (approx.)
Director: Jon Marc Sandifer
Cinematographer: Reginald Brumfield
Producers: Jon Marc Sandifer, Antoinetta Hairston
Production Manager: Felix Augustine, Kristi Kilday
Editors: Emily Zhai, Morgan Pritchard
Supervising producer for “Being” series: Antoinetta Hairston
Executive producers: Paxton Baker, Depelsha McGruder, Jon Marc Sandifer
Production company: Centric/BET