MTV gets into the act on documentary film making

A few days ago MTV Films announced that it, along with Amaru Entertainment, will present a first of its kind feature documentary. It closely examines late rap singer Tupac Shakur who helped shape Hip-Hop music.

The film will be directed and produced by vice-president MTV News and Documentaries Lauren Lazin. He has directed, produced, written and edited more than 40 documentaries for MTV and PBS. The documentary will delve into personal details of Tupac's life which was filled with joy and trauma. His mother, Afeni Shakur, will serve as one of the executive producers. Five years after his untimely death, Tupac Shakur is more popular than ever. His recent album, Until the End of Time debuted at No.1 on the Billboard album charts.

The documentary will cover the ideas he conveyed to an entire generation through his music, poetry, journals, and personal letters. Fans can enjoy a Tupac concert, home-movie and video footage all of which have never been shown. Rare photos donated by his family will also be on display. His unreleased songs will be featured. The first official biography of Tupac's life will be released from Pocketbooks/MTV Books.

MTV Films is the feature film development and production division of MTV. It releases films in conjunction with Paramount Pictures. Since starting in 1995, MTV Films has released movies like the ballet driven interracial teen romance, Save the Last Dance the biting political satire Election, and director Spike Lee's documentary The Original Kings of Comedy.

Amaru Entertainment which includes a record company and a film production unit was founded in 1997.

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