The Toronto International Film Festival is a busy event that is filled with remarkable filmmakers and stars, but it’s not every day that you get to interview someone like Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard. This year’s festival, however, offered up that opportunity as the director had two films at the festival: the action drama, Rush, and his music documentary, Made In America.
Stopping by the red carpet for Made In America at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Howard arrived early to walk the entire lineup of media and talk about this new project that is certainly a departure for the director who has left his mark with dramas like Cocoon, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code, and Frost/Nixon.
Asking whether he was nervous about making the move from his previous films to a music documentary, Howard said, “Well, a little bit nervous, and I’m kind of nervous tonight. I mean, I’ve screened the movie in small groups, but no large audiences, so you know, I’ll be curious to see what people think of it.”
When I asked Howard about capturing the spirit of the festival, he said, “More the ambition to be as comprehensive about the [Made In America] festival as possible. I wanted a lot of music in it, of course, but I also was interested in the human interest side of the story, and not only the artists, but I was curious about what the festival meant to a number of people, and of course those aren’t necessarily stories that you can predict–you have to send people out searching for them.”
Watch the video below to hear Ron Howard’s experience filming the documentary, how he even picked up a camera during the process, and whether he would ever consider making another documentary again.
TIFF red carpet interview with Ron Howard: