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NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC

  • Rating: NR
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Director: One9
  • Starring: Nas, Mrs. Braconi, Fab 5 Freddy, Alicia Keys, Q-Tip, Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes
  • Format: DCP
  • Year: 2014
  • Language: English
  • Age Policy: 18 and Up
  • Note: Q&A following the screening with Director One9 and Producer Erik Parker, moderated by Jose Rodriguez (Manager Documentary Programming, Tribeca Film Institute).

Nitehawk Cinema & Tribeca Film Institute Summer Documentary Series launches with One9’s documentary NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC.

Q&A following the screening with Director One9 and Producer Erik Parker, moderated by Jose Rodriguez (Manager Documentary Programming, Tribeca Film Institute). Introduction by Caryn Coleman (Senior Film Programmer, Nitehawk Cinema).

Multimedia artist One9’s documentary follows the trajectory of Nas’ 1994 landmark debut album, Illmatic, one of the most important and revolutionary albums in hip hop. Even 20 years after its release, Illmatic is widely recognized as a hip-hop benchmark that captured the sociopolitical outlook, enduring spirit and collective angst of a generation of young artists searching for their voice in America. Tracing Nas’s influences from the music of his jazz musician father, Olu Dara, to the burgeoning hip-hop scene in his native Queensbridge, NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC describes the almost insurmountable obstacles he faced in creating his opus, providing an authentic and passionate account of Nas’s personal journey from a young street poet to a visionary MC.  -Cara Cusumano

Nas: Time is Illmatic screens as part of a new initiative by Tribeca Film Institute and Nitehawk Cinema that presents a curated series of documentaries from the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. More information can be found here.

Distributed by Tribeca Film, to be released October 2014.