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TIFF ’19: Feature doc “David Foster: Off the Record” set for world premiere

A feature-length doc focused on Victoria-born producer, composer and entertainer David Foster is set to have its world premiere at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival. The previously announced David Foster: Off The ...
July 30, 2019

A feature-length doc focused on Victoria-born producer, composer and entertainer David Foster is set to have its world premiere at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival.

The previously announced David Foster: Off The Record mixes archival footage with interviews and access to the 16-time Grammy Award-winner (pictured), offering an up-close look into the life of an industry legend whose collaborations include everyone from Chicago to Earth, Wind & Fire to Barbara Streisand. Featured interviews include Céline Dion, Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth, Foster’s children and his wife Katharine McPhee.

The film’s premiere will be followed by a special tribute to David Foster at the TIFF Tribute Gala.

David Foster: Off The Record is produced by Barry Avrich’s Melbar Entertainment Group and Bell Media Studios. Avrich and Bell Media president Randy Lennox executive produce alongside music industry veterans Marc Johnston and Jeffrey Latimer – the latter of which is the CEO of Canada’s Walk of Fame.

“A global musical genius, David Foster has left his mark on some of the most timeless songs of today while discovering and launching the careers of the industry’s most talented artists, defining what it means to be a multi-hyphenate musician,” said TIFF executive director and co-head Joana Vicente in a statement. “We are proud to celebrate his creations and collaborations with the World Premiere of David Foster: Off the Record at TIFF, honoring Foster in his native country.”

The film will also have its broadcast premiere on Bell Media’s CTV and streaming site Crave at a later date.

“Through Bell Media Studios’ partnership with Melbar Entertainment, we are thrilled to bring this inspiring documentary of the legendary music icon to life and showcase David’s remarkable story on the world stage before bringing the film to CTV and Crave,” said Lennox.

The 2019 Toronto International Film Festival runs from Sept. 5 to 15.

(Photo courtesy of Bell)

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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