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Multimedia artist One9's documentary follows the trajectory of Nas’ 1994 landmark debut album, Illmatic, one of the most important and revolutionary albums in hip hop. 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. Tracing Nas’s influences from the music of his jazz musician father, Olu Dara, to the burgeoning hip-hop scene in his native Queensbridge, Time is Illmatic describes the almost insurmountable obstacles he faced in creating his opus, providing an authentic and passionate account of Nas’s personal journey from a young street poet to a visionary MC.

-Cara Cusumano
@film Information
Year: 2014
Length: 74 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: One9
Screenwriter: Erik Parker
Producer: Erik Parker, One9, Anthony Saleh
Editor: David Zieff, One9, John Kane U$A
Associate Producer: Martha Diaz
Cinematographer: Frank Larson
Composer: B. Satz
Additional Cinematography: Ben Kutchins, Ari Issler, David Joseph
Camera Operators: Eddie Ojeda, Nicola Benizzi, One9 (Super 8), John David Devirgiliis, Jon Beatty (Steadicam), Brian Outland, Earl Jordan, Malik TK, Jackson Glasgow, Malik Buie
1st Assistant, Camera: Nicalena Iovino, Kevin Akers, Cornelia Klapper, Noelle Kandigian, George Tur
1st Assistant Camera: Nicalena Iovino, Kevin Akers, Cornelia Klapper, Noelle Kandigian, George Tur
Audio Supervisor: Donny Tam
Sound Mixers: Ryan Haffey, Danny Nigel, Daniel Powell, Frank Coakley
Press Contacts

Press Contact
Kia Muhammad
Tribeca Film Festival
New York, 10013
Phone: 646 722 9031

Print Source
Erik Parker
Illa Films
Bloomfield, 07003
Phone: 917 855 0294

International Sales Contact
David Koh
Submarine Entertainment
New York, 10013
Phone: 212 625 1410

US Sales Contact
Dan Braun
Submarine Entertainment
New York, 10013
Phone: 212 625 1410

Special Note

This film is co-presented by:

About the Director(s)
One9 is an award-winning multimedia artist, director, producer, and editor. He edited the PBS documentary short, Can’t Hold Me Back and the feature documentary, Lucky. As a visual artist, One9 was selected by the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to create an original series of paintings that are presented to the musicians who perform at the arena. Time is Illmatic is One9’s directorial debut.



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