Tribeca Film Announces 'Nas: Time is Illmatic' One Night Only October 2 National Screenings
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Tribeca Film Announces 'Nas: Time is Illmatic' One Night Only October 2 National Screenings

nullThe documentary on legendary MC Nas’ making of the 1994 landmark debut album "Illmatic," "Nas: Time Is Illmatic," will hit movie theaters across America on October 2, 2014 for a one-night-only special showing of the film. Audiences nationwide will have the rare opportunity to experience the story behind one of hip-hop’s most influential albums of all-time on the big screen.

"Nas: Time Is Illmatic" will become available on demand, iTunes, and other VOD providers starting Friday, October 3 and the film will first release theatrically in New York and Los Angeles starting on October 1 distributed by Tribeca Film.

Twenty years after the release of Nas’s groundbreaking debut album "Illmatic," "Nas: Time Is Illmatic" takes us into the heart of his creative process. Returning to his childhood home in Queensbridge, Nas shares stories of his upbringing, his influences — from the music of his jazz musician father Olu Dara to the burgeoning hip-hop scene in New York City — and the obstacles he faced before his major label signing at age 19. Featuring interviews with his "Illmatic" producers (Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S., and DJ Premier) and musical peers (including Pharrell Williams and Alicia Keys), "Nas: Time Is Illmatic" is a thrilling account of Nas’ evolution from a young street poet to a visionary MC.

The documentary is directed by multimedia artist, One9, written by Erik Parker, and produced by One9, Parker, and Anthony Saleh. The film was supported by The Ford Foundation’s JustFilms, Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca All Access program, and Hennessy V.S. to help bring Nas’ inspiring story of tireless pursuit of excellence to audiences nationwide.

Tickets are now on sale for all special screenings at the theaters websites or via the Buy Ticket links.

Following are the one night only engagements:


Atlanta, GA                         AMC Phipps Plaza                                            Buy Tickets

                                                AMC Southlake 24                                           Buy Tickets

Austin, TX                            Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar                 Buy Tickets

Baltimore, MD                   Charles Theatre                                                Buy Tickets

AMC Owings Mills 17                                      Buy Tickets

Charlotte, NC                     AMC Carolina 22                                               Buy Tickets                        

                                                AMC Concord 24                                              Buy Tickets

Chicago, IL                           AMC Loews Crestwood 8                             Buy Tickets

                                                Music Box                                                           Buy Tickets

Dallas, TX                             Angelika Film Center                                      Buy Tickets

Denver, CO                         AMC Highlands Ranch 24                              Buy Tickets

                                                Sie Film Center                                                  Buy Tickets

Fairfax, VA                          Angelika Film Center Mosaic                       Buy Tickets

Fort Worth, TX                  AMC Grapevine 30                                          Buy Tickets

Houston, TX                       Sundance Cinemas                                          Tickets on Sale Soon

                                                AMC Studio 30                                                  Buy Tickets

                                                Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park                  Buy Tickets

                                                Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park                Tickets on Sale Soon

Jacksonville, FL                  AMC Orange Park 24                                      Buy Tickets

Miami, FL                             O Cinema Wynwood                                      Buy Tickets

                                                AMC Aventura 24                                            Buy Tickets

Milwaukee, WI                 AMC Mayfair Mall 18                                      Buy Tickets

Minneapolis, MN             Undergound Film Festival                            Buy Tickets

Nashville, TN                      Belcourt Theatre                                              Buy Tickets

Oakland, CA                       The New Parkway Theater                          Buy Tickets

Orlando, FL                         AMC Altamonte Mall 18                                Buy Tickets

Phoenix, AZ                        AMC Arrowhead 14                                        Buy Tickets

Plano, TX                             Angelika Film Center                                      Buy Tickets

Portland, OR                      Cinema 21                                                           Buy Tickets

Sacramento, CA                Tower Theatre                                                  Buy Tickets

San Antonio, TX                AMC Rivercenter 11                                        Buy Tickets

San Diego, CA                    Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15                     Buy Tickets

                                                Reading Cinemas Town Square 14            Buy Tickets

San Francisco, CA             Roxie Theatre                                                    Buy Tickets

Seattle, WA                        Sundance Cinemas                                          Tickets on Sale Soon

                                                AMC Pacific Place 11                                       Buy Tickets

St. Louis, MO                     AMC West Olive 16                                         Buy Tickets

Toronto, ON                       TIFF Bell Lightbox                                             On Sale beginning September 26

Washington, DC                Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market            Buy Tickets

Winston-Salem, NC         a/parture Cinema                                            Buy Tickets

Nas will also be on tour in North America throughout October. Each show on the tour will be a special event where the film will screen followed by Nas performing ‘Illmatic’ start to finish. Cities and available tickets can be found here:

Nas recently released a special 20th Anniversary edition of the album, titled "Illmatic XX." PRESS HERE to download it now.

Follow #TimeIsIllmatic across all social platforms to hear from the filmmakers and Nas himself on the making of "Nas: Time is Illmatic" and the community that’s been built around the album. Join fans in remembering their experience of listening to "Illmatic" and the effect of Nas’ voice on generations of hip hop fans. Learn more about attending a screening or purchasing the film on demand at

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