Up top, catch the new teaser for jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy, which launches Feb. 16 on Netflix. Ahead of the Netflix drop, Iconic Events Releasing is giving Act 1 of the three-part documentary a theatrical release nationwide. The highly anticipated opus from TIME Studios and Creative Control, as previously reported, is helmed by the filmmaking duo Coodie & Chike.
“Filmmakers Coodie and Chike have created an extraordinary film and we’re honored that they have trusted TIME Studios to produce jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy,” TIME Studios President Ian Orefice said in a press release shared Monday. “We’re excited to partner with Iconic Events Releasing to give the world a chance to first experience the once in a generation storytelling in theaters.”
Act 1 of jeen-yuhs focuses on Ye’s early years. Tickets for its theatrical release will be available via fans’ local theaters. In a statement, Iconic Events Releasing CEO Steve Bunnell said the doc marked a “must-see” film for fans and fellow artists alike. “Through his work as a performer, producer, and entrepreneur, few artists or businessmen have had a greater impact on worldwide popular culture than Kanye West over the last twenty years,” Bunnell said.
It’s hard to imagine the documentary arriving at a better time than now, with Ye’s Donda era still in progress (and potentially expanding to include a sequel to the album), not to mention last week’s announcement of a “creative exploration” with Demna that will ultimately take the form of Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga.
In addition to all of the above, jeen-yuhs is also on the lineup for this month’s Sundance Film Festival, which was recently announced to be once again going virtual due to ongoing pandemic concerns. Initially, the plan was for a fully hybrid experience, though the Omicron variant made that improbable for organizers.
The Sundance screening will mark the doc’s world premiere. Here’s more, straight from Sundance:
“Kanye West in three acts. The story beyond the iconic music, an intimate and empathetic chronicle featuring never-before-seen footage from 21 years in the life of a captivating figure.”
Below, revisit a 10-minute discussion (originally released in December) focused on Coodie & Chike’s reflections of the extended creative process behind their new documentary.