Jay Z’s ‘Made in America’ Festival Doc to Hit Theaters: Watch Trailer


“It’s a bigger idea than just the concert,” says Jay Z in the new trailer for his documentary film Made in America.

Viewers got a taste of the film when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, but Made In America has been picked up for U.S. distribution and will hit theaters this summer. Based on the festival started by the rapper himself, Made in America gives a behind-the-scenes look into the creation of the musical event through backstage and performance footage, as well as testimonies from neighbors, construction workers, and performers.

Ron Howard, the director behind the film, was an unlikely pick for the job since he’s responsible for dramas like Rush and A Beautiful Mind, but decided to join forces with the “99 Problems” rapper to represent the real power of music.

“One of the important ideas in the way he was curating the festival was to try and break down barriers and preconceptions about certain artists and their work. In a way the fact that I was a fish out of water, a stranger in a strange land and an unexpected choice is also what he was intrigued by and looking for,” said the Academy Award winning director in a statement to GQ Magazine.

In case you missed out on the festival with performances by Kanye West, Rita Ora, Skrillex, Janelle Monae, Pearl Jam, Run DMC, and Miike Snow, you can re-live the event, and get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look, when the documentary hits theaters on July 11.