Festival Year: 2020
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation’s most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed Oscar-winning dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood’s most memorable films. A Beautiful Mind earned Howard an Oscar for Best Director and Best Picture, and also won for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. Additionally, he also was recognized as the Best Director of the Year from the Directors Guild of America. Howard’s latest film, the documentary Rebuilding Paradise, premiered at Sundance this year. The film follows the community of Paradise, California, as it rebuilds following the devastation of the 2018 California wildfires. Howard is also currently in post-production on the film adaptation of the best-selling memoir Hillbilly Elegy starring Glenn Close and Amy Adams; the documentary Dads; and served as an executive producer on the documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band which opens in select theaters on February 21, 2020. His past films include the Grammy award-winning Best Music Film The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Rush, The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Ransom, Backdraft, The Paper, Far and Away, and Cocoon, just to name a few. Howard has also served as an executive producer on a number of award-winning television shows, such as the Emmy-winning HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, Fox’s Emmy Award winning Best Comedy Arrested Development, a series which he also narrates, NBC’s Parenthood, NatGeo’s award winning anthology series Genius, and 68 Whiskey for Paramount Network. Howard made his directorial debut in 1977 with the comedy Grand Theft Auto. He began his career in film as an actor, first appearing in The Journey and The Music Man. He later starred as Opie on the long-running television series The Andy Griffith Show and as Richie Cunningham on popular series Happy Days, both Nielsen rated #1 series. Whether it be from in front of or behind the camera, or for film, television or documentaries, Howard has been a part of many of the most significant projects in every decade since the 60’s.
Festival Year: 2020