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 2, 2014 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 3 and the film will first release theatrically in New York and Los Angeles starting on October 1 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 or via the Buy Ticket links.
Following are the one night only engagements:
ONE NIGHT ONLY SCREENINGS
Atlanta, GA AMC Phipps Plaza
Austin, TX Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar Buy Tickets
Baltimore, MD Charles Theatre
AMC Owings Mills 17
Charlotte, NC AMC Carolina 22
Chicago, IL AMC Loews Crestwood 8 Buy Tickets
Dallas, TX Angelika Film Center
Denver, CO AMC Highlands Ranch 24
Fairfax, VA Angelika Film Center Mosaic Buy Tickets
Fort Worth, TX AMC Grapevine 30
Houston, TX Sundance Cinemas
Jacksonville, FL AMC Orange Park 24
Miami, FL O Cinema Wynwood
Milwaukee, WI AMC Mayfair Mall 18
Minneapolis, MN Undergound Film Festival Buy Tickets
Nashville, TN Belcourt Theatre
Oakland, CA The New Parkway Theater
Orlando, FL AMC Altamonte Mall 18 Buy Tickets
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 Buy Tickets
San Francisco, CA Roxie Theatre
Seattle, WA Sundance Cinemas
St. Louis, MO AMC West Olive 16
Toronto, ON TIFF Bell Lightbox
Washington, DC Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market Buy Tickets
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. Cities and available tickets can be found here:http://www.nasirjones.com/events.
Nas recently released a special 20th Anniversary edition of the album, titled “Illmatic XX.” PRESS HERE to download it now.
Follow #TimeIsIllmatic across all social platforms to hear from the filmmakers and Nas himself on the making of “Nas: Time is Illmatic” and the community that’s been built around the album. Join fans in remembering their experience of listening to “Illmatic” and the effect of Nas’ voice on generations of hip hop fans. Learn more about attending a screening or purchasing the film on demand at Tribecafilm.org/Nas.