New York, NY [September 15, 2014] –The 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 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 Follow the film on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Press site and still images:
Trailer [YouTube]:
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About Tribeca Film

Tribeca Film is a comprehensive distribution label dedicated to acquiring and releasing independent films across multiple platforms, including theatrical, video-on-demand, digital, home video and television. It is an initiative from Tribeca Enterprises designed to provide new platforms for how film can be experienced, while supporting filmmakers and introducing audiences to films they might not otherwise see. Current and upcoming Tribeca Film releases include Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto, David MacKenzie’s Starred Up and Nas: Time Is Illmatic.

Press Contacts:
Tribeca Film
Tammie Rosen, 212-941-2003,                              
Brandon Rohwer, 212-941-2038,
Alanna Whittington, 212-941-2014,

Carleen Donovan, Press Here,