Phase 4 Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Ron Howard’s first documentary “Made in America,” which follows Jay-Z through the planning of an unprecedented concert event, the company announced Friday.
“Made In America” follows the drug dealer- turned-rapper-turned-icon Jay-Z’s plans a huge two-day music festival. Held in Philadelphia, the concert features an awesome mashup performance by Run DMC’s first live performance since the death of DJ Jam Master Jay in 2002, accompanied by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder. Other performers included in this 90-minute Brian Grazer-produced film are Drake, Skrillex, the Hives, Passion Pit, Calvin Harris, Janelle Monáe. Nearly 80,000 people attended the festival, which grossed $5 million in ticket sales and injected more than $10 million into the Philadelphia economy.
Made in America premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival and was produced by Imagine Entertainment, Marcy Media and Radical-Media, in association with Participant Media.
“We are thrilled to release this amazing film,” said Berry Meyerowitz, president & CEO of Phase 4 Films. “Made in America is an uplifting and inspiring piece, not just for its musical performances but for the energy and resilience that it portrays.”
“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.”
Phase 4 Films is planning a theatrical release for Summer 2014.