The Toronto International Film Festival is slowly but surely rolling out its 2019 lineup and their latest addition is one of national pride—the Bell Media Studios and Melbar Entertainment Group documentary David Foster: Off The Record is set to make its world premiere at the fest.
The doc covers the life, career and legacy of Canadian music titan, and Vancouver native, David Foster, who called Toronto home for the early part of his career before moving to L.A. to pursue songwriting, record producing and performing, achieving international success. Chances are if there’s Top 40 song from the past 30 years, Foster had a hand in crafting it.
Case in point: he’s worked with a ridiculous list of musical superstars like Céline Dion, Barbra Streisand, Michael Bublé and Josh Groban, who make appearances in the doc, alongside Lionel Ritchie, Quincy Jones and Kristen Chenoweth. These A-listers will share how the 16-time Grammy Award–winning Foster has helped sell more than a half-billion records, and Foster’s daughters Erin and Sara Foster and new wife Katharine McPhee, fill in the Foster family side in Off the Record.
The film is directed by Canadian Barry Avrich (who also has an executive producer credit) and features rare archival footage as well as interviews with Foster and his hefty Rolodex of friends, fellow musicians and industry heavyweights.
“As I sat back and watched these 92 minutes of David Foster, I was even stunned at the body of work this guy has had,” said Bell Media President Randy Lennox. “It’s Quincy level plus-plus.”
When speaking with etalk about the project earlier in July, Foster said he’s excited about the doc, but won’t let it go to his head.
“Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, I think I’m great; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, I think I suck. Sundays I try not to think about it,” he joked with host Ben Mulroney.
The film is produced by Lennox, along with Caitlin Cheddie, and Avrich, with Lennox, Avrich, Jeffrey Latimer, and Marc Johnston as executive producers.
The 44thToronto International Film Festival runs September 5-15, 2019.