The documentary on legendary MC Nas’ making of the 1994 landmark debut album Illmatic, Nas: Time Is Illmatic, will hit movie theaters across America on October 2nd for a one-night-only special showing of the film. Audiences nationwide will have the rare opportunity to experience the story behind one of hip-hop’s most influential albums of all-time on the big screen.
Nas: Time Is Illmatic will become available on demand, iTunes, and other VOD providers starting Friday, October 3rd and the film will first release theatrically in New York and Los Angeles starting on October 1st distributed by Tribeca Film.
Twenty years after the release of Nas’s groundbreaking debut album Illmatic, Nas: Time Is Illmatic takes us into the heart of his creative process. Returning to his childhood home in Queensbridge, Nas shares stories of his upbringing, his influences — from the music of his jazz musician father Olu Dara to the burgeoning hip-hop scene in New York City — and the obstacles he faced before his major label signing at age 19. Featuring interviews with his Illmatic producers (Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S., and DJ Premier) and musical peers (including Pharrell Williams and Alicia Keys), Nas: Time Is Illmatic is a thrilling account of Nas’ evolution from a young street poet to a visionary MC.
The documentary is directed by multimedia artist, One9, written by Erik Parker, and produced by One9, Parker, and Anthony Saleh. The film was supported by The Ford Foundation’s JustFilms, Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca All Access program, and Hennessy V.S. to help bring Nas’ inspiring story of tireless pursuit of excellence to audiences nationwide.
Tickets are now on sale for all special screenings at the theaters websites.
One Night Only Screenings:
Atlanta, GA AMC Phipps Plaza / AMC Southlake 24
Austin, TX Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
Baltimore, MD Charles Theatre / AMC Owings Mills 17
Charlotte, NC AMC Carolina 22 / AMC Concord 24
Chicago, IL AMC Loews Crestwood 8 / Music Box
Dallas, TX Angelika Film Center
Denver, CO AMC Highlands Ranch 24 / Sie Film Center
Fairfax, VA Angelika Film Center Mosaic
Fort Worth, TX AMC Grapevine 30
Houston, TX Sundance Cinemas / AMC Studio 30 / Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park/ Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park
Jacksonville, FL AMC Orange Park 24
Miami, FL O Cinema Wynwood / AMC Aventura 24
Milwaukee, WI AMC Mayfair Mall 18
Minneapolis, MN Undergound Film Festival
Nashville, TN Belcourt Theatre
Oakland, CA The New Parkway Theater
Orlando, FL AMC Altamonte Mall 18
Phoenix, AZ AMC Arrowhead 14
Plano, TX Angelika Film Center
Portland, OR Cinema 21
Sacramento, CA Tower Theatre
San Antonio, TX AMC Rivercenter 11
San Diego, CA Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15
Reading Cinemas Town Square 14
San Francisco, CA Roxie Theatre
Seattle, WA Sundance Cinemas / AMC Pacific Place 11
St. Louis, MO AMC West Olive 16
Toronto, ON TIFF Bell Lightbox
Washington, DC Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market
Winston-Salem, NC a/parture Cinema
Nas will also be on tour in North America throughout October. Each show on the tour will be a special event where the film will screen followed by Nas performing Illmatic start to finish.
Nas recently released a special 20th Anniversary edition of the album, titled Illmatic XX.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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