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Ron Howard Is Making a Jay-Z Documentary


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From Scorsese to Ashby to Demme to Gondry, great directors have never shied away from taking on musicians as their subjects. Now, Oscar-winner Ron Howard is trying his hand at the concert film. Howard will team up with his regular moviemaking partner Brian Grazer to capture Jay-Z's Made in America music festival on film.

The Made in America festival will take place in Philadelphia this Labor Day weekend and feature performances by Drake, Run-DMC, Rick Ross, Janelle Monae, Skrillex, and even Pearl Jam. Grazer told Page Six, "The festival showcases 20 pre-eminent artists that speak to the new generation. i am producing the film with Steve Stoute and Jay. Ron is directing. It is going to be born through Jay-Z's perspective." He went on to bestow Jay with further admiration, saying, "Jay stayed the king for a very long time… He is a phenom, like a musical Michael Jordan."

In addition to the onstage performances, the concert doc will also feature footage of Jay-Z planning the festival, connecting with the acts, and having out backstage. No word on when the film will be available to the public. For more info on the Made in America event, go here.

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