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Nas featured at Vancouver International Film Festival with “Time is Illmatic” [News]

Vancouver, BC – HipHopCanada is very proud to announce our sponsorship of Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 (VIFF). Specifically, we’re sponsoring the element of VIFF that that delves deep into the making of Nas’ 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation.

Nas: Time Is Illmatic comes 20-years after the release of the classic album and gives fans a first hand look into how it came together, the influence and importance of Nas’ family, the social and environmental conditions surrounding it, and the situations inspiring Nas’ view of the world.

The feature length documentary has 3 available showtimes including September 28 (2:00 p.m. at Rio Theatre), October 1 (1:00 p.m. at International Village #9) and October 3 (9:30 p.m. at Rio Theatre). Directed by One9 and written by Erik Parker, the documentary also features Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beatz, Q-Tip, Pharrell Williams, Nas’ younger brother Jabari “Jungle” Jones, as well as his jazz musician father, Olu Dara.

Click here for the official VIFF listing, and click the jump for more details inluding the official trailer.

We’ll be doing a giveaway in the near future so stay tuned for that!

Nas featured at Vancouver Internatioanl Film Festival with Time is Illmatic [News] - HipHopCanada.com

Nas featured at Vancouver Internatioanl Film Festival with Time is Illmatic [News] - HipHopCanada.com


Nas: Time Is Illmatic (Ticket Sales)

September 28, 2014 – 2:00 p.m. – Rio Theatre – Tickets

October 1, 2014 – 1:00 p.m. – International Village #9 – Tickets

October 3, 2014 – 9:30 p.m. – Rio Theatre – Tickets


About Nas: Time Is Illmatic

Time Is Illmatic is a feature length documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas’ 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation.

Twenty years after its release, Illmatic has become a hip-hop benchmark that encapsulates the socio-political outlook, enduring spirit, and collective angst of a generation of young black men searching for their voice in America.

Time is Illmatic tracks the musical legacy of the Jones family, handed down to Nas from his jazz musician father, Olu Dara. It also examines the social conditions and environmental influences that contributed to Nas’ worldview.

Along the way, Time Is Illmatic shows how Nas—with the support of his Queensbridge neighborhood crew, the loyalty of his younger brother Jabari “Jungle” Jones, and sacrifices of his mother, Ann Jones—overcame insurmountable odds to create the greatest work of music from hip-hop’s second golden era.

The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival is thrilled to announce that its opening night on April 16 will feature the world premiere of Time is Illmatic.


About One9 (Director, Producer)

One9 is a an award winning multimedia artist, director, producer and editor. His clients have included Google, PBS, Viacom, Sony Music, and several non-profit organizations. As an artist One9 was selected by the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York to create an original series of artwork presented to their selected music talent in 2013-2014. Time is Illmatic is One9’s feature length directorial debut. One9 was born in Washington DC and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Nas featured at Vancouver Internatioanl Film Festival with Time is Illmatic [News] - HipHopCanada.com

About Erik Parker (Writer, Producer)

Erik Parker is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism. Throughout his career, he has brought to light some of the most revealing and important stories to the hip-hop generation. He served as Music and Senior Editors for The Source Magazine, Director of Content for music news site, SOHH.com, and Music Editor for VIBE Magazine. He has also written for XXL, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Latina, Glamour and MTV.com. Aside from his work as a print journalist, Parker has produced and hosted MTV Jams’ “The Parker Report,” a groundbreaking talk show that gathered hip-hop’s leading voices to discuss issues surrounding music, culture and politics. Valued for his insight and understanding of music and culture, Parker is often called on to offer his thoughts to CNN, MSNBC, BET, MTV, VH1, Fox News and other outlets.

Nas featured at Vancouver Internatioanl Film Festival with Time is Illmatic [News] - HipHopCanada.com


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