The D.O.C. premiered his David Caplan-directed documentary The DOC at the Tribeca Film Festival in June of 2022 at The Beacon Theatre in New York. The DOC tells the full story of The D.O.C., a.k.a. Tracy Curry, in an honest and compelling story detailing his early beginnings in Dallas, Texas all the way to his present endeavors.
Today (January 12), it’s being reported via Variety, that Vertical Entertainment has landed North American rights to the documentary film. Vertical plans to release the movie in theaters in the spring of 2023.
“The DOC is an incredible talent and visionary who helped usher the hip-hop movement into mainstream America,” Peter Jarowey, a partner at Vertical, said in an exclusive statement to Variety. “As his remarkable life is revealed on screen, it is like watching the history of hip-hop unfold before your very eyes as witnessed by industry legends who count him as a friend, collaborator and mentor. Everyone needs to see this inspirational journey and we are proud to be able to present it this spring.”
The film is produced by The D.O.C, Gary Ousdahl, and Caplan. Executive producers of the film are Brent Mack and Erykah Badu. The film’s cinematographer is Thomas McCallum, the editor is Kevin Barth with music by Kyle Townshend and music supervision by Joel C. High.
“One of the greatest untold stories in hip-hop provides the backdrop for a man searching for his true purpose in life,” says Mack in the article. “What DOC went through, losing his voice and his identity, at the height of his fame, is unimaginable to me. How he dealt with that, and the people and music he influenced along the way, is an emotional rollercoaster of a ride that is both heart-wrenching and inspirational.”
During this incredible film, the journey of the D.O.C. dives head first into it with the opening scene of the 1989 life-altering accident in which the D.O.C. lost his voice. From there, his life is shown in vivid detail as told by those close to him. We hear and see how he mentored a young Snoop Dogg on songwriting, how he co-founded the once dynastic Death Row Records with Dr. Dre and Suge Knight and his subsequent falling out, his ghost-writing efforts for N.W.A’s Straight Outta Compton, Eazy-E’s Eazy-Duz-It, and Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, the release of his platinum-selling, opus debut album, No One Can Do It Better, and his sometimes painful, yet optimistic journey to finding a way to regain the voice that made him the “boy with the golden voice”.
The star-studded film includes interviews and appearances from mega-producer and close friend Dr. Dre, Erykah Badu, Ice Cube, Erotic D, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Too Short, Xzibit, the late Jewell Caples, Tone Loc, and more.