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Ron Howard Will Bring Jay Z’s View of ‘Made in America’ to a Film Fest

Documentary joins Metallica's 'Through the Never' at Toronto International Film Festival

picture-18576-1373300776By: Marc Hogan // August 21, 2013

Ron Howard’s unlikely-sounding documentary about Jay Z’s 2012 Budweiser Made in America music festival will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the BBC reports. Last year’s inaugural Made in America brought Pearl Jam, Rick Ross, Skrillex, Drake, and the first Run-DMC show in 11 years to Philadelphia.

The Toronto film festival, which is also hosting the debut of Metallica’s 3D Through the Never concert film, runs from September 8 to September 18. That’s a week after the gates close on the hyphen-hating best-new-rapper-over-40’s 2013 Budweiser Made in America music festival. The lineup for that one features Nine Inch Nails, Solange, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, and many more. 

Howard told the Hollywood Reporter that the film, which he’ll direct, won’t be a straight concert movie but instead “a reflection of the fabric of what it means to be Made in America — what the festival represents, why Jay is doing it and how he relates to each artist.” Per the film’s co-producer Brian Grazer: “The film is going to be born through Jay Z’s perspective, how he puts the event together and creates this musical event that defies all genres.”

If Howard really has to take time away from narrating Arrested Development, it’s good to hear he’s not just remaking the early-’90s Whoopi Goldberg-Ted Danson sperm-bank flick Made in America (although: Keith Sweat and Silk on the soundtrack!). 

Watch a promo clip for the Made in America festival below.