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Ron Howard's Feature Documentary On Jay-Z ('Made In America') Will World Premiere At TIFF

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by Tambay A. Obenson
August 20, 2013 3:52 PM
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First revealed last summer (2012), the Jay-Z documentary from the super tag-team (director/producer) Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, will make its World Premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.

The news was announced this morning, putting the film in the festival's "Mavericks" section.

Titled Made in America, the film was shot, in part, during Jay-Z's Made In America music festival in Philadelphia, last September, which included (in the lineup) DrakeSantigoldPearl Jam, Run-DMC, Skrillex, Rick Ross, Miike Snow, Odd FutureJanelle Monáe, and a few others.

Grazer, who's producing via his Imagine Entertainment (along with Participant Media and Radical Media) previously shared that the film will be told through Jay-Z’s perspective - as in... how he put the Made In America event together, and more.

How much more? Here's TIFF's breakdown:

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard joins us onstage for a live conversation, preceded by the world premiere of his star-studded concert documentary (screening at the Festival alongside Howard’s Rush), which recounts Jay Z’s rise to rap supremacy, as well as his preparations for the titular music festival he both curated and headlined [...] Drawn from an enormous trove of performance footage and backstage interviews, Made in America captures the inaugural edition of an exciting new festival created by rapper and impresario Jay Z, which rocked Philadelphia over Labour Day weekend last year. In keeping with his excellent and eclectic taste, Jay Z's extraordinary hand-picked lineup speaks to his broad and inclusive view of American culture [...] As seen through Howard's affectionate gaze, Made in America is a love letter not only to Jay Z and his unique project, but also to the city of Philadelphia. Fascinating interludes include one-on-ones with audience members about what the show means to the Philly community — the responses are both positive and negative. Howard explores the birthplace of American Independence and how it relates to this unprecedented event. He even takes some time to follow a local hip-hop group through its attempt to get added to the prestigious bill.

Last year, Grazer added, "Jay stayed the king for a very long time... I can’t even begin to explain how he is capable of remaining relevant. He is a phenom, like a musical Michael Jordan."

No trailer yet.

The Toronto International Film Festival kicks-off on September 5.

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2 Comments

  • Marie | August 21, 2013 11:03 AMReply

    So glad that Ron Howard finally discovered that black people exist. Like Woody Allen, he's never during his career hired one of the many talented black actors or actresses to appear in any of his films.

  • Jay | August 20, 2013 4:16 PMReply

    Absolutely needed. We need to give more publicity and promotion to artists who fly under the radar.

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