In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award®-nominated blockbuster The Help, Tate Taylor directs 42’s Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Get on Up. Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Boseman is joined in the drama by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd. Academy Award® winner Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, 8 Mile) produces for Imagine Entertainment, with Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman (Shine a Light) producing under their Jagged Films banner. Imagine’s Erica Huggins (Flightplan) also serves as a producer on Get on Up, while Taylor produces under his Wyolah Films label. Peter Afterman, Trish Hofmann, Jez Butterworth, John Butterworth, John Norris and Anna Culp serve as executive producers.

Nas Documentary - Time Is Illmatic [Trailer]

The legendary rapper (born and bred in Queens) will perform his debut album in its entirety after the world premiere.

The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, is thrilled to announce that its opening night on April 16 will feature the world premiere of Time is Illmatic. This documentary follows the trajectory of Nas’ 1994 landmark debut album Illmatic, widely considered one of the most important and revolutionary albums in hip-hop. And that’s not all. After the screening, Nas will perform all of the songs on the groundbreaking album in a special musical event.

Directed by multimedia artist One9, written by Erik Parker, and produced by One9, Parker, and Anthony Saleh, Time Is Illmatic traces Nas’s influences (including the music of his jazz musician father, Olu Dara) and describes the almost insurmountable obstacles he faced in creating his hip-hop opus. Supported by The Ford Foundation’s Just Films and Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca All Access program, the documentary provides an authentic and passionate account of Nas’s personal journey from a young street poet to a visionary MC, a transformation made possible in large part by the support of his family and community.

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. Nas has released nine solo albums and three compilations, and will release Illmatic XX, a special 20th anniversary edition of the landmark debut, on April 15 by SONY Legacy. Fans can now pre-order the 2CD set on iTunes and both the 2CD set and 1LP vinyl via

With less than 2 months to go before Opening Night, keep checking our website for more TFF 2014 updates including our feature film slate which will be announced during the first week of March. Festival season is officially in full swing!


A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z - [Trailer]

On the surface, “A Genius Leaves The Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z” chronicles how hip-hop’s most successful rapper of the past two decades reached the top; but at its core, the film attempts to divulge the savvy and cunning business acumen of a mogul who decided being at the top of the charts wasn’t enough. This 60-minute unauthorized biography explores the mind of a man who never played by the rules and admits it. This film uncovers the price Mr. Carter paid for his success through recent controversies that include the racial debate of the Barneys deal, the feud with Harry Belafonte, and clashes with community activists over the construction of the Barclay Center. The film also explores rumors of association with the Illuminati, a highly publicized separation from the Roc-A-Fella crew, his estranged relationship with rapping mentor Jaz-O, and his break up with business partner Damon Dash. Through in-depth interviews with friends, former business partners, music industry executives, authors and journalists, this exploratory biopic gives the novice, the fan, the critic and the non-believer an uncensored look at Jay Z’s journey from Marcy Projects to Madison Avenue and beyond. As a drug dealer, turned rapper, turned CEO, turned author, turned sports agent, viewers will discover what drove Jay-Z to seek unlimited wealth, how he positioned himself to achieve this wealth, and whether criticism is warranted for someone who successfully pursued the American dream.