Ron Howard to film concert documentary at Jay-Z’s star-studded “Made in America” festival Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia
Duncan-born filmmaker Ron Howard is teaming with rap mogul Jay-Z to film an all-star concert documentary Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia.
The two-time Oscar winner will shoot the concert film Saturday and Sunday at Jay-Z’s “Made in America” music festival set for Saturday and Sunday in Philly.
The film will be titled “Jay-Z’s Budweiser Made in America” and will be produced by Howard’s Imagine Entertainment and frequent partner Brian Grazer, according to TheWrap.com.
Steve Stoute, founder and CEO of Translation, will be co-produce alongside Grazer and @radical.media. Jay-Z will take on an executive producer role on the film, along with Paul Chibe, Anheuser–Busch’s U.S. marketing vice president.
The line-up for the festival – and thus the film – includes Pearl Jam, Run-DMC, Drake, Skrillex, Rick Ross, Miike Snow, Odd Future, and Janelle Monáe.
Though past all-star music invents have produced memorable concert movies like “The Last Waltz” and “Woodstock,” Howard said his film will try to shine a light on the current state of American culture, not just serve as an opportunity to film a series of individual acts, according to TheWrap.com.
“This will not be a concert film; it’s 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,” Howard said in a statement.
The doc will focus on Jay-Z’s efforts to put the event together, and will interweave stories about his own rise to the top of the charts.
The film will be released next year.