Amazon Studios Acquired Distribution Rights to J Balvin Documentary The Boy From Medellin

J Balvin
J Balvin in The Boy From Medellin

J Balvin is one of the biggest international superstars out of Colombia.

With millions of fans, J Balvin made his mark in as the “Reggaeton’s Global Ambassador” with four Latin Grammy Award wins. Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman took the opportunity to document his life. Most recently, Amazon Studios announced the worldwide rights to distribute the film.

In The Boy From Medellin, it gives audiences unprecedented access to international superstar J Balvin leading up to the biggest concert of his life—a sold-out performance in his hometown of Medellin, Colombia.

“Representing my country, my city, and Latin culture globally is a lifelong pursuit, and I’m so proud to be a son of Medellin. I’m honored to be able to tell my story in this beautiful way, and working with Matthew [Heineman] on this project was an incredible experience. Thank you to Amazon for making sure this story can be seen around the world,” said J Balvin in a statement.

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His latest album, Colores, saw both critical acclaim and commercial success. With “Blanco,” “Morado,” and “Rojo” reaching number one status, J Balvin became the artist with most number one songs on the Latin Airplay charts in history with 24 songs. He cemented himself as the leader of Reggaeton, but also the torchbearer of new state of Latin music by continuously expanding the limits of the genre and paving the way for “la nueva escuela.”

Heineman’s style of filmmaking is known for his sophistication and immersive style in films like City of Ghosts, in which he won a Director Guilds of America Award, and A Private War, which he earned a nomination from the DGA. He also made Primetime Emmy Awards-winning film Cartel Land and docuseries The Trade. The director is in production of an unnamed documentary about COVID-19 and set to direct Paradise, a narrative adaptation of the actual events of the 2018 Paradise Fire.

The Boy From Medellin makes its world premiere at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival later in September.

Source: Amazon Studios

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