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AMC Networks Sets Premiere Dates For ‘Hip Hop’ Documentary Series, FearFest & More – TCA

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AMC Networks has rounded out its premiere dates for late-summer and fall including AMC’s documentary series Hip Hop: The Songs That Show America, which drops on October 13; its 23rd annual horror marathon FearFest (October 13); and new five-part true-crime series The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park (November 13).

AMC’s previously announced summer and fall premiere dates include the fourth and final season of Preacher (August 4), the sophomore seasons of The Terror: Infamy and Lodge 49 (both August 12) and Season 10 of The Walking Dead (October 6).

Here is a list by network of upcoming premieres on AMC outlets, with synopses provided by AMC Networks; several already had been announced:

AMC

Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America

Sunday, October 13 at 12 a.m. Et/9 p.m. Pt

From Executive Producers Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Alex Gibney and directors Erik Parker and One9, each episode of this new documentary series focuses
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L.A. Riots 25th Anniversary Documentaries, Ranked: Which Ones Best Explain the Unrest Now

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L.A. Riots 25th Anniversary Documentaries, Ranked: Which Ones Best Explain the Unrest Now
There’s no question that Rodney King was brutally beaten by Los Angeles Police Department officers – video taken of the savage act proves it. Yet the four men seen clubbing King were acquitted by a Simi Valley jury in 1992, lighting a match for one of the deadliest and costliest civil unrests in U.S. history.

Read More: How Spike Lee, John Singleton and John Ridley Left Their Marks on the 25th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots

It’s 25 years later, and Los Angeles – and the Lapd – have changed. But has the rest of the country? Regular reports of police brutality, now well-documented in an age of phone cameras, makes it clear that we haven’t come all that far. Several new documentaries explore the L.A. riots, including the underlying reasons, the actual events, what happened next, and how it relates to today. Among the filmmakers putting their own
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How Spike Lee, John Singleton, and John Ridley Left Their Marks on the 25th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots

How Spike Lee, John Singleton, and John Ridley Left Their Marks on the 25th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots
This year, the April 29 anniversary of the Rodney King riots became a recognized event on the programming calendar. Over the next week, networks are releasing a half-dozen nonfiction narratives to commemorate the 25 years since the Los Angeles uprising, including three from some of our most compelling African-American filmmakers: Spike Lee, John Singleton, and John Ridley.

“Black directors have different viewpoints,” said Lee, who directed writer-actor Roger Guenveur Smith’s one-man show “Rodney King” for Netflix. “We don’t see the world all the same.”

Read More: L.A. Riots 25th Anniversary Documentaries, Ranked: Which Ones Best Explain the Unrest Now

Ridley and Singleton took a more traditional path to the material, digging into period video archives and interviewing many of the people directly involved in the riots that yielded 55 lives lost, 1,100 buildings destroyed by fire, and some $1 billion in property damage.

Lee came at the subject from another direction. Smith has
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How Spike Lee, John Singleton, and John Ridley Left Their Marks on the 25th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots

How Spike Lee, John Singleton, and John Ridley Left Their Marks on the 25th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots
This year, the April 29 anniversary of the Rodney King riots became a recognized event on the programming calendar. Over the next week, networks are releasing a half-dozen nonfiction narratives to commemorate the 25 years since the Los Angeles uprising, including three from some of our most compelling African-American filmmakers: Spike Lee, John Singleton, and John Ridley.

“Black directors have different viewpoints,” said Lee, who directed writer-actor Roger Guenveur Smith’s one-man show “Rodney King” for Netflix. “We don’t see the world all the same.”

Ridley and Singleton took a more traditional path to the material, digging into period video archives and interviewing many of the people directly involved in the riots that yielded 55 lives lost, 1,100 buildings destroyed by fire, and some $1 billion in property damage.

Lee came at the subject from another direction. Smith has performed “Rodney King” for four years in small venues and when “Rodney King” hits Netflix on April 28 in 190 countries,
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Nas Returns to Stage and Screen for 20th Anniversary of Rap Classic ‘Illmatic’

Nas Returns to Stage and Screen for 20th Anniversary of Rap Classic ‘Illmatic’
The rapper is touring with a documentary about the making of his famous debut.

Twenty years after the release of Nas' classic debut, Illmatic -- widely considered one of the best and most influential rap albums ever made -- the rapper is making a victory lap tour with shows that are half movie premiere, half concert.

Directed by One9 and written by Erik Parker, the documentary Nas: Time is Illmatic is more than a look back at a famous moment in music -- it's a heartfelt look into Nasir Jones' family and New York City in the late 1980s.

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A young, lyrical genius from Queensbridge, in 1994 Nas made an album filled with rage and longing for a better life, chronicling the conflicting emotions felt by a community rife with poverty, drugs and crime in the city's housing projects. Nas' rhymes didn't only paint a vivid picture of what
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Review: Comprehensive Hip Hop Doc 'Nas: Time Is Illmatic' Could Use A Bit More Swagger

“Life’s a bitch and then you die,” rapper Nasir Jones spit on Illmatic, his groundbreaking 1994 debut album. A grim, cynical statement, Nas was simply following the tradition of hip-hop—reflecting your environment back to the audience. As Chuck D of Public Enemy once said, rap music was the “CNN for black people.” And so with Illmatic, Nas’ now-landmark record, the rapper changed the game, broadcasting his pains, frustrations, ugly truths and hardships to a nation of listeners through a filter of lyrically dense, angry, blunt rhymes and jazz-inflected boom-bap beats. “It was real. He spoke the truth,” Alicia Keys says in a new documentary, seemingly still taken aback by Nas’ unflinching approach. Directed by multimedia artist One9, written by Erik Parker and produced by One9, Parker, and Anthony Saleh, “Nas: Time Is Illmatic” is a look back on the now-cherished, seminal hip-hop record, but also focuses deeply on of the environment that created it.
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Watch First Trailer for Nas Doc 'Time Is Illmatic' (Set for Fall Release)

Tribeca Film will release One9’s "Time Is Illmatic," which had its world premiere as the opening night film of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, this fall. Written by Erik Parker and produced by One9, Parker, and Anthony Saleh, the film follows the trajectory of Nas’ 1994 landmark debut album, "Illmatic" - widely considered one of the most important and revolutionary albums in hip-hop. Tribeca Film is planning a simultaneous theatrical and VOD release in October, along with performances from Nas in select cities. Additionally an educational youth screening series will complement the release. "Time Is Illmatic" traces...
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Tribeca Film Takes North American Rights To Nas Doc 'Time Is Illmatic' For Fall Release

Tribeca Film has announced its acquisition of North American rights to One9’s Time Is Illmatic, which had its world premiere as the opening night film of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary is directed by multimedia artist, One9, written by Erik Parker and produced by One9, Parker, and Anthony Saleh. It follows the trajectory of Nas’ 1994 landmark debut album, Illmatic-- widely considered one of the most important and revolutionary albums in hip-hop. Tribeca Film is planning a simultaneous theatrical and VOD release in October, along with performances from Nas in select cities. Additionally an educational youth screening series will complement...
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Tribeca Film Nabs Nas' Documentary 'Time Is Illmatic'

Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to "Time Is Illmatic," the Nas documentary which which had its world premiere as the opening night of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary is directed by multimedia artist, One9, written by Erik Parker, and produced by One9, Parker, and Anthony Saleh. It follows the trajectory of Nas’ 1994 landmark debut album, "Illmatic," which is widely considered to be one of the most important albums in hip-hop. Tribeca Film is planning a day-and-date release in October along with performances by Nas in select cities. The company is also planning educational youth screening series to complement the release. In his review of the film when it premiered at Tribeca, Eric Kohn wrote, "The debut feature of multimedia artist One9 does justice to the record's significance for the hordes of fans that have consumed it over the course of a generation." "I want to thank Robert De Niro,
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Tribeca 2014: ‘Time is Illmatic’ is one of the great rap documentaries

Time is Illmatic

Written by Erik Parker

Directed by One9

USA, 2014

According to the tale told by the documentary Time is Illmatic, an 18-year-old New York rapper named Nasir Jones, calling himself Nasty Nas, changed hip-hop forever by going onstage at a local barbeque party in Queens in 1991 and delivering a verse that included the lyric “At the age of twelve, I went to hell for snuffing Jesus.” That line was noticed by local legend Mc Serch, who gave Nas a lyric on his next album, which got the attention of Columbia Records, who signed Nas to deliver a debut album that would eventually be called Illmatic. As Malcolm Gladwell might say, sometimes it’s all about being an outlier in full view of the right people.

However, Time is Illmatic succeeds as a documentary because it has almost zero focus on such oddities of the music business. Illmatic became
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Tribeca Review: Nas Documentary ‘Time Is Illmatic’ Celebrates The Life Of A Classic Hip-Hop Album

“Life’s a bitch and then you die,” rapper Nasir Jones spit on Illmatic, his groundbreaking 1994 debut album. A grim, cynical statement, Nas was simply following the tradition of hip-hop — reflecting your environment back to the audience. As Chuck D of Public Enemy once famously said, rap music was the “CNN for black people.” And so with Illmatic, Nas’ now-landmark ‘90s record, the rapper changed the game, broadcasting his pains, frustrations, ugly truths and hardships to a nation of listeners through a filter of lyrically dense, angry, blunt rhymes and jazz-inflected boom-bap beats. “It was real. He spoke the truth,” Alicia Keys says in the documentary, seemingly still taken aback now by Nas’ unflinching approach. Directed by multimedia artist One9, written by Erik Parker, and produced by One9, Parker, and Anthony Saleh, “Time Is Illmatic” is a look back on the now-cherished and seminal hip-hop record, but also focuses deeply
See full article at The Playlist »

Tribeca Film Festival: Nas music documentary 'Time is Illmatic' premieres opening night

Tribeca Film Festival: Nas music documentary 'Time is Illmatic' premieres opening night
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival kicked off Wednesday with Nas documentary Time is Illmatic, directed by multimedia artist and first-time director One9.

The film — which premiered at New York’s Beacon Theater — chronicles the rapper’s journey from the Queens projects to the debut of his 1994 record Illmatic, widely considered one of the best rap albums of all time.

“The nature of the subject is about surviving and thriving,” said Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal. “That’s what New York did post-9/11,” when Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff held the first Tribeca fest. “And that’s what
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New 'Illmatic' Doc Details Hip-Hop Classic's Humble Beginnings

New 'Illmatic' Doc Details Hip-Hop Classic's Humble Beginnings
It may have been the most New York moment in years.

Robert De Niro, onstage Wednesday night at the Beacon Theatre, introduced Time Is Illmatic, the new documentary on Nas' 1994 landmark debut Illmatic, to kick off the Tribeca Film Festival. "Twenty years ago, I would've been 20 years too old for this music," quipped the actor and festival co-founder to a boisterous crowd of fans, media and seemingly every important hip-hop figure in mid-Nineties New York.

Nas: My Life in 20 Songs

Unlike music docs that attempt to deify or elevate the obscure — Anvil,
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'Time Is Illmatic' And Nas Kick Off The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

Time is Illmatic, a music documentary on Nas’ rise to fame and the release 20 years ago of his classic album, Illmatic, opened the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday, April 16 at New York’s Beacon Theatre.

In 1994, Nas erupted on the music scene with his debut album, Illmatic, when he was only 20-years-old. Illmatic is associated with a movement that aims to focus rap music on powerful lyrics and wordplay, and Nas is, certainly, still considered one of the best. Illmatic celebrated its official 20th anniversary on Tuesday, April 15. For Nas and the Illmatic filmmaker, the 1994 album is still just as relevant today as it was 20 years ago.

“If you look at conditions then and now, not much has changed for the people Nas represented. But so much has changed in the world. What was important for us to tell is that Nas is a genius, but he’s one of
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