Jay-Z Documentary Will Premiere at TIFF


Ten years ago, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter created a documentary, Fade 2 Black, which was to signal the end of his hip-hop career. In a couple weeks, the latest documentary on the hip-hop mogul, Made in America, will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Produced by the super tag-team (director/producer) unit, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, the documentary will premiere in the festival’s “Mavericks” section.

Made in America was shot, in part, during Jay-Z’s Made In America music festival in Philadelphia, last September. The festival lineup included Drake, Santigold, Pearl Jam, Run-DMC, Skrillex, Rick Ross, Miike Snow, Odd Future, Janelle Monáe, and a others.

Grazer 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. The documentary 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.

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.”

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

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