Jay Z presents the Made In America documentary trailer – a look at the makings of the epic festival fronted by the legendary Brooklyn MC from director Ron Howard. The footage runs through the planning stages and inaugural launch of the annual festival held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. The festival sponsored by Budweiser is constructed to break down barriers between musicians, genres and consumers to foster creative freedom within the confines of an epic outdoor concert experience.Look out for the full documentary, airing October 11th on Showtime.
With this year’s Made In America concert series kicking off next weekend in Philadelphia, Ron Howard announced his Jay Z documentary – which was shot during last year’s inaugural MIA show – will premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film itself is not only about Hov’s rise to stardom and his efforts in putting the Budweiser-sponsored festival together, but it is also a love letter of sorts to the City of Brotherly Love. Interludes include one-on-one interviews with random concert goers about what the show means to the community, while Howard also attempts to explore the birthplace of American independence and how it relates to Jay Z’s event. The acclaimed director even took some time to follow a local hip-hop group as it attempts to get added to the bill of acts. The screening of Made In America is scheduled for Saturday, September 7
Hip Hop artist Snoop Dogg changes his name to Snoop Lion, travels to Jamaica, emerges himself in Rastafarian culture and produces his first reggae record.
Before entire networks were built on populist personalities; before reality morphed into a TV genre; the masses fixated on a single, sociopathic star: controversial talk-show host Morton Downey, Jr. In the late ‘80s, Downey tore apart the traditional talk format by turning debate of current issues into a gladiator pit. His blow-smoke-in-your-face style drew a rabid cult following, but also the title “Father of Trash Television.” ÉVOCATEUR: THE MORTON DOWNEY JR. MOVIE dissects the mind and motivation of television’s most notorious agitator.