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Nas doc to open Tribeca

Time Is Illmatic, a documentary looking at the iconic 1994 album from rapper Nas (pictured), is set to open the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival on April 16, making it the second consecutive year a doc is kicking off the event.
February 19, 2014

Time Is Illmatic, a documentary looking at the iconic 1994 album from rapper Nas (pictured), is set to open the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival on April 16, making it the second consecutive year a doc is kicking off the event.

Last year’s opening night film was Mistaken For Strangers, Tom Berninger’s profile of rock band The National.

The doc, which is receiving its world premiere in New York, traces Nas’s musical influences and the challenges faced in creating his debut album Illmatic. Directed by multimedia artist One9, the doc follows the Queens, New York native’s trajectory from street poet to internationally recognized MC, and examines the influence of Illmatic, which is regarded by some as one of hip hop’s seminal albums.

Time Is Illmatic was produced by One9, Erik Parker and Anthony Saleh. It was supported by The Ford Foundation’s Just Films and Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca All Acess program.

Following the screening of the film, Nas will perform the album in its entirety at a special musical event. The festival runs from April 16-27.

 

 

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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