The documentary "Made in America," headlined by Jay Z, has been acquired by Showtime and will premiere on the premium cable network on Oct. 11, 2013 (9 p.m. ET/T), according to an Aug. 30, 2013 media announcement from Showtime. "Made in America" is envisioned, headlined and curated by Grammy winning artist Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and directed by Ron Howard.
Last year, Grammy Award-winning music icon Shawn “JAY Z” Carter envisioned a music festival and united the biggest names in music (with a few notable locals) to participate at the two-day "Made in America" festival in Philadelphia. Jay-Z then approached Oscar®-winning filmmakers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard of Imagine Entertainment to join forces and produce a film chronicling the inspirational event.
The result is the highly anticipated documentary "Made in America," world premiering on television exclusively on Showtime. The film will debut at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival on Sat., Sept. 7.
The film features interviews and performances from chart topping musicians such as: Gary Clark Jr., D’Angelo, Dirty Projectors, The Hives, Janelle Monáe, Odd Future, Rita Ora, Passion Pit, Pearl Jam, Run-D.M.C., Santigold, Jill Scott, Mike Snow and Kanye West.
“As soon as we saw this film we knew it was a perfect fit for Showtime,” says David Nevins, President of Entertainment, SHOWTIME Networks Inc. in a press release. “Ron Howard and JAY Z have crafted an inspirational portrayal of American resilience, drive and creativity, interwoven with an incredible showcase of musical talent. We are proud to bring "Made in America" to Showtimewhere it joins our impressive roster of provocative and compelling documentaries helmed by award-winning filmmakers.”
"Made in America" is a one-of-a-kind, all-access backstage pass to the festival of the same name and to the “making it in America” success stories of the chart-topping artists, fans, vendors, stage hands and neighbors whose lives were impacted by the event.
From Reverend Run sharing the unlikely genesis of Run-DMC’s Billboard chart-busting hit “Walk this Way,” to a single mother banking on the concert to boost her struggling food truck business, "Made in America" is a celebration of the unifying power of music and the relentless pursuit of the American dream.
Imagine Entertainment and JAY Z present in association with Participant Media, A Brian Grazer, Marcy Media and RadicalMedia Production of A Ron Howard Film. Executive Producers are JAY Z, Paul Chibe, Diane Weyermann, Jeff Skoll, Erica Huggins, Jon Kamen, and Sidney Beaumont. Produced by Brian Grazer, Steve Stoute, Justin Wilkes, Jonathan Silberberg. Produced and Directed by Ron Howard. Cinematographer is Salvatore Totino. The editor is Joshua L. Pearson. Sound is by Dan Flosdorf. The deal was negotiated by CAA on behalf of the production.
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