A meeting between two masters of their craft—Jay Z and Ron Howard speak intently as they await the release of Howard’s documentary, Made In America, in our latest “Picture of the Week.” The film chronicles Jay Z’s festival of the same name and is set to premiere at the annual International Film Festival in Toronto (taking place from September 8-18). It will allow viewers to peer behind the curtains as Jay Z pulls the strings and puts the event together, which featured headlining sets from Pearl Jam and HOV himself last year. The documentary is also something of a homage to American freedom, and it’s birthplace, Philadelphia. This year, the Made In America festival brings Beyonce, Nine Inch Nails, Phoneix, A$AP Rocky, Haim, and many others to Fairmont Park in Philly on August 31st and September 1st.
Meanwhile, we continue to admire the space in which film and music meet, not only physically in the context of this photo, but on the profound level of creating art. It seems (now more than ever) that musicians try their hand at cinema, and filmmakers at music. Such intertwining of art-forms has given us recent standouts like the documentary Sound City, a project directed by Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl, which tells the story of a famed California recording studio that Grohl essentially reconstructed in his garage. Assuming your appetite is piqued (how could it not be), VH1 airs the whole thing on August 28th at 3 a.m. ET/PT, as well as on September 4th at 3 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET/PT…better set the D.V.R.
Another film worth noting is this year’s Academy Award winning Searching For Sugar Man, which tells the story of Rodriguez, the mysterious folk artist who released two albums in the early 1970’s before fading into obscurity. The success of the film bolstered his career, and even prompted his 2013 tour. A Hollywood screenwriter couldn’t fathom a better story if they tried, once again proving the astonishing results of when music and film collide.
Article by Nicolas White