Made in America
- Henry Northmore
- 20 May 2014
Ron Howard directs a behind-the-scenes look at Jay Z's titular music festival
In 2012 hip hop mogul Jay Z hosted the inaugural Made in America music festival in central Philadelphia. Calling on his celebrity friends Ron Howard was on hand to film the two days of rap, indie, rock and dance music. However this is more of a documentary about the festival itself rather than a straight up concert film. However it doesn't skimp on gig footage with some notable performances from a mercurial Janelle Monáe, Pearl Jam, The Hives, Run DMC, Jill Scott and Shawn Carter himself (including a particularly incendiary performance of 'Niggas in Paris' with Kanye West).
In Howard's hands it's inevitably slick and entertaining. It's a bit too self-congratulatory but does highlight the enormity and impact of staging such a huge event. Interviews with Eddie Vedder, Rita Ora and Odd Future are mixed with local residents, food vendors and tech crew giving a deeper insight into every level of the festival. Unsurprisingly the Hova gets the most screen time talking about not just Made in America but his life and music in general. Also dubstep fans will enjoy a rare interview with wub master Skrillex.
Released by Signature on DVD/Blu-ray, out now.