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Jay Z concert doc to get theatrical release in 2014

By AFP RelaxNewsMovies - 13 November 2013 3:00 PM

Jay Z concert doc to get theatrical release in 2014

A documentary directed by Ron Howard and following rapper Jay Z in the lead-up to his inaugural Made in America music festival is due for release in North American cinemas in 2014, Phase 4 Films has announced.

Ron Howard's first documentary, 'Made In America' had its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival before airing exclusively on the US cable channel Showtime last month. Now, Phase 4 Films has acquired North American rights and is planning a summer 2014 release in theaters.

Jay Z has held the Made in America festival in Philadelphia annually since 2012. The film follows the rapper as he plans the 2012 event, which was attended by nearly 80,000, and features appearances by Drake, Pearl Jam, Run DMC, Passion Pit, Calvin Harris, Janelle Monae and Skrillex.

"This is not a concert film but rather a reflection of the fabric of what it means to be 'Made in America' -- what the festival represents, why Jay is doing it, and how he relates to each artist," said Howard. "Made In America is intended to showcase Jay Z's struggle for success and illustrate how he has become a voice and an icon for a generation of driven and creative youth."