Ron Howard Directing Jay-Z’s Made In America Festival Doc

By Gil Kaufman

Jay-Z‘s Made in America festival is just around the corner and the latest update from camp Hov is a big one. Jay has locked in director Ron Howard to film a documentary on the show, which will take place on in  in Philadelphia September 1 and 2.

Imagine Entertainment’s Michael Rosenberg confirmed that Howard will shoot the as-yet-untitled doc, which will be co-produced by Howard’s longtime producing partner Brian Grazer, marketing executive/former record label exec Steve Stoute and Jigga.

The diverse line-up for the show includes Pearl Jam, the reunited Run-DMC, Passion Pit, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Odd Future, Wale, Rita Ora, Drake, Miike Snow, Santigold, Janelle Monae, D’Angelo, Skrillex, Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Gary Clark Jr., Dirty Projectors, Chris Cornell, Jill Scott, the Hives, X, DJ Shadow and Prince Royce, among others.

Rosenberg said the movie will be a combination of footage shot before, during and after the event, with no release date confirmed at press time. It will mark Howard’s first foray into filming a music documentary, even as he oversees the long-awaited re-boot of the beloved TV series “Arrested Development.”

Jay, who also curated the line-up for “America,” told reporters in May that he hopes the festival will be more than a party. “Whenever I enter into a project, I try to hit on some touch points. The first thing is: Is it great?” Jay asked rhetorically. “The second one is: Is it gonna push the culture forward?”

The news about the “America” doc comes on the heels of reports that Jay’s significant other, Beyoncé, is planning to add to her already-impressive resume by helming a documentary feature about her life and career that she plans to star in, produce and direct.