“When you think hip-hop, you think Ron Howard,” Toronto International Film Festival programmer Thom Powers quipped as he introduced last night’s world premiere of "Made In America," the legendary filmmaker and actor’s documentary about the equally legendary hip-hop mogul Jay-Z’s Philadelphia music festival of the same name.

Indeed, it seems like an odd combination at first. The man who won the hearts of audiences worldwide as Opie on "The Andy Griffith Show" and Richie Cunningham on "Happy Days" before moving on to direct massive films like "Apollo 13," "The Da Vinci Code" and "A Beautiful Mind" (even winning an Best Director Oscar for the latter) seems about as removed from the music scene celebrated in Jay-Z’s massive Philadelphia festival as you can get.

Howard wasn’t even really a fan of hip-hop before taking on the project, although he’s at least been aware of the genre since the eighties thanks to his partner at Imagine Entertainment, Brian Grazer, who is a huge fan. It’s hard to imagine just what Jay and his people (and "Made In America" sponsors Budweiser, who helped to set the film up) were thinking when they offered Ron Howard, of all people, carte blanche to cover the inaugural edition of the festival.

But after seeing "Made In America," it’s hard to imagine anyone else at the helm, though. In his own introduction to film, Howard urged the audience to think of him as “a kid in a creative candy store, and also a stranger in a strange land,” and emphasized his sense of wonder about the whole thing.

The reminder, while about as charming as everything else the first-time documentarian had to say about the project, was hardly necessary. That wonder and enthusiasm are apparent in every aspect of the film. Whether he’s interviewing Hova himself, learning to DJ with Skrillex, talking to a local roadie about his struggles, or visiting a 103-year-old Philly local about the horrible racket that all of this “bang bang music” at the concert is causing, Howard approaches his subjects with an endearing and surprisingly thoughtful mix of giddiness and respect.

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  • Jay-Z

    Jay-Z performs at the "Made In America" music festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • The "Made In America" music festival is seen in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • Miike Snow

    Miike Snow performs at the "Made In America" music festival on Saturday Sept. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP)

  • Jay-Z

    Jay-Z performs at the "Made In America" music festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • Miike Snow

    Miike Snow performs at the "Made In America" music festival on Saturday Sept. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP)

  • Jay-Z

    Jay-Z performs at the "Made In America" music festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • Jay-Z

    Jay-Z performs at the "Made In America" music festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • Miike Snow

    Miike Snow performs at the "Made In America" music festival on Saturday Sept. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP)

  • Jay-Z

    Jay-Z performs at the "Made In America" music festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • Jay-Z

    Jay-Z performs at the "Made In America" music festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • D'Angelo

    D'Angelo performs at the "Made In America" music festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • D'Angelo

    D'Angelo performs at the "Made In America" music festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • D'Angelo

    D'Angelo performs at the "Made In America" music festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • D'Angelo

    D'Angelo performs at the "Made In America" music festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • Michael Angelakos

    Michael Angelakos of the band Passion Pit performs at the "Made In America" music festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • Michael Angelakos

    Michael Angelakos of the band Passion Pit performs at the "Made In America" music festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • Michael Angelakos

    Michael Angelakos of the band Passion Pit performs at the "Made In America" music festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • Fans attend the "Made In America" music festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • Janelle Monae

    Janelle Monae performs at the "Made In America" music festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • The "Rocky" stage at the "Made In America" music festival is seen on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • Maybach Music Group

    Maybach Music Group performs at the "Made In America" music festival on Saturday Sept. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP)

  • Maybach Music Group

    Maybach Music Group performs at the "Made In America" music festival on Saturday Sept. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP)

  • Maybach Music Group

    Maybach Music Group performs at the "Made In America" music festival on Saturday Sept. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP)

  • Gary Clark Jr.

    Gary Clark Jr. performs at the "Made In America" music festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • Visitors to the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art pose for photographs in view a stage on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway setup for the "Made In America" music festival on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in Philadelphia. The city where America was made is gearing up for rapper Jay-Z's "Made In America" music festival, which officials estimate will attract thousands of fans to Philadelphia over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-2. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

As a whole, it makes for a unique and refreshing take on the concert film genre. "Made In America" isn’t just about Jay-Z and the other artists who performed that weekend -- even if Tyler The Creator’s antics and Run DMC’s insights about everything from the current political climate to Aerosmith’s “hillbilly lyrics” arguably steal the show. It’s about the very idea of what it means to be made in America, a portrait of the American dream as something that can both falter and fly.

In a post-screening Q&A with the CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos, Howard said that it was Jay-Z’s vision for "Made In America" as a way to break down artistic, political and personal barriers that inspired him to reach out and talk to people behind-the-scenes and in the crowd as much as he approached the people on the stage.

“I certainly wanted people with something at stake,” he said. And what he found among the food vendors, tech staff, security guards and crotchety-but-kind neighbours was a prevailing sliver of hope in the face of often brutal odds. “There was, to a person, a sense of ‘it’s tough, but I don’t believe I’m a victim,” Howard told the crowd. “It was surprising to me how pervasive it was.”

Howard admitted that he wasn’t exactly the best interviewer during the course of the shoot. “Your job is hard!” he confessed to Strombo at one point. “I think I could have done better.” But his somewhat awkward softball style does lead to some of the film’s more playful moments, including a little bit of ribbing at the hands of Odd Future’s Tyler The Creator.

Howard’s staff actually asked him if he wanted to remove the part where the controversial rapper made fun of him during the editing of the film, but he refused. “I said ‘No! That’s the best part!’” he laughed. The director went on to praise Tyler both as an artist and a person. “He’s awesome!” he enthused. “I admire his audacity and the way he lives.” He even compared Odd Future to the freewheeling and wild subjects of his F1 blockbuster "Rush," which will also have its world premiere here at TIFF.

The filmmaker saved his biggest praise for Jay-Z himself, though, saying that he was particularly impressed by the artist’s connection with the audience. He went so far as to compare Jay-Z to Frank Sinatra, which is an association that’s at least a little less random than Ron Howard and hip-hop, even if Howard himself thinks it’s a bit out there.

“I was watching Jay-Z and I thought of Frank Sinatra,” he said. “Which doesn’t really make sense. But good is good."

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    Jennifer Aniston poses for a photograph at the gala for the new movie "Life of Crime" during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Michelle Siu)

  • Daniel Schechter; Jennifer Aniston; Will Forte; Mark Boone Junior; Tim Robbins

    Jennifer Aniston poses for a photograph at the gala for the new movie "Life of Crime" during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Michelle Siu)

  • Daniel Schechter; Jennifer Aniston; Will Forte; Mark Boone Junior; Tim Robbins

    Jennifer Aniston poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the new movie "Life of Crime" during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Michelle Siu)

  • Jennifer Aniston

    Actress Jennifer Aniston attends the news conference for "Life of Crime" on day 10 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 in Toronto. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

  • Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan

    Emma Thompson, left, and Pierce Brosnan, cast members in "The Love Punch," pose before a press conference for the film on day 8 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 in Toronto. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Emma Thompson

    Emma Thompson, a cast member in "The Love Punch," poses for photographers before a press conference for the film on day 8 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 in Toronto. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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  • Annette Bening

    Actress Annette Bening arrives at the premiere of "The Face of Love" on day 8 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in the Visa Screening Room at the Elgin Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

  • Emma Thompson

    Actress Emma Thompson arrives at the premiere of "The Love Punch" on day 8 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 in Toronto. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

  • Annette Bening

    Actress Annette Bening arrives at the premiere of "The Face of Love" on day 8 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in the Visa Screening Room at the Elgin Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 in Toronto. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

  • Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson

    Actor Pierce Brosnan and Actress Emma Thompson arrive at the premiere of "The Love Punch" on day 8 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 in Toronto. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

  • Keanu Reeves, Tiger Hu Chen

    Keanu Reeves, left, director and cast member in "Man of Tai Chi," poses with cast member Tiger Hu Chen at the premiere of the film on day 6 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at the Ryerson Theatre on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Joel Edgerton

    Actor Joel Edgerton arrives at the premiere of "Felony" on day 6 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in the Visa Screening Room at the Elgin Theatre on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Melissa George, Joel Edgerton

    Actors Melissa George and Joel Edgerton arrive at the premiere of "Felony" on day 6 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in the Visa Screening Room at the Elgin Theatre on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Saoirse Ronan

    Actress Saoirse Ronan arrives at the premiere of "How I Live Now" on day 6 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in the Visa Screening Room at the Winter Garden Theatre on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Saoirse Ronan

    Actress Saoirse Ronan arrives at the premiere of "How I Live Now" on day 6 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in the Visa Screening Room at the Winter Garden Theatre on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Daniel Radcliffe

    Daniel Radcliffe, a cast member in "Kill Your Darlings," poses at the premiere of the film on day 6 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 in Toronto. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Dane DeHaan

    Dane DeHaan, a cast member in "Kill Your Darlings," arrives at the premiere of the film on day 6 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Jack Huston

    Jack Huston, a cast member in "Kill Your Darlings," poses at the premiere of the film on day 6 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Michael C. Hall

    Michael C. Hall, a cast member in "Kill Your Darlings," poses at the premiere of the film on day 6 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Scarlett Johansson

    Scarlett Johansson arrives at the premiere of "Don Jon" on day 6 of the Toronto International Film Festival at The Princess of Wales on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Scarlett Johansson

    Scarlett Johansson arrives at the premiere of "Don Jon" on day 6 of the Toronto International Film Festival at The Princess of Wales on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan

    Daniel Radcliffe, left, and Dane DeHaan, cast members in "Kill Your Darlings," pose together at the premiere of the film on day 6 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 in Toronto. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt arrives at the premiere of "Don Jon" on day 6 of the Toronto International Film Festival at The Princess of Wales on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Scarlett Johansson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Scarlett Johansson, left, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt arrive at the premiere of "Don Jon" on day 6 of the Toronto International Film Festival at The Princess of Wales on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt arrives at the premiere of "Don Jon" on day 6 of the Toronto International Film Festival at The Princess of Wales on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • "August: Osage County" Press Conference - 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

    TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Actress Julia Roberts and actor Ewan McGregor attend 'August: Osage County' Press Conference during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 10, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • "Blood Ties" Press Conference - 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

    TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Actress Marion Cotillard attends 'Blood Ties' Press Conference during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 10, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Ewan McGregor

    Actor Ewan McGregor attends the press conference for "August: Osage County" on day 6 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Julia Roberts

    Actress Julia Roberts attends the press conference for "August: Osage County" on day 6 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Julia Roberts, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Julianne Nicholson

    Cast members, from left, Julia Roberts, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis and Julianne Nicholson pose together before the press conference for "August: Osage County" on day 6 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift arrives at the premiere of "Once Chance" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Winter Garden Theatre on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

  • Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift arrives at the premiere of "Once Chance" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Winter Garden Theatre on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

  • Mila Kunis

    Mila Kunis poses on the red carpet at the gala for the new movie "Third Person" during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Michelle Siu)

  • Olivia Wilde

    Actress Olivia Wilde arrives at the premiere of "Third Person" on day 5 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at the Visa Screening Room at the Elgin Theatre on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

  • Scarlett Johansson

    Actress Scarlett Johansson poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the new movie " Under The Skin " during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Marion Cotillard

    French actress Marion Cotillard arrives at the premiere of "Blood Ties" on day 5 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Scarlett Johansson

    Actress Scarlett Johansson poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the new movie " Under The Skin " during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • French actress Marion Cotillard and companion director Guillaume Canet arrive at the premiere of "Blood Ties" on day 5 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Adrien Brody, Olivia Wilde

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  • French actress Marion Cotillard arrives at the premiere of "Blood Ties" on day 5 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Loan Chabanol

    Actress Loan Chabanol arrives at the premiere of "Third Person" on day 5 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at the Visa Screening Room at the Elgin Theatre on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

  • Scarlett Johansson

    Actress Scarlett Johansson poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the new movie " Under The Skin " during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • "August: Osage County" Premiere - Arrivals - 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

    TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Actress Julia Roberts arrives at the 'August: Osage County' Premiere during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 9, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • "August: Osage County" Premiere - Arrivals - 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

    TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Actress Julia Roberts arrives at the 'August: Osage County' Premiere during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 9, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • "August: Osage County" Premiere - Arrivals - 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

    TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Actors Julia Roberts (L) and Dermot Mulroney arrive at the 'August: Osage County' Premiere during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 9, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • "August: Osage County" Premiere - Arrivals - 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

    TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Actress Julia Roberts arrives at the 'August: Osage County' Premiere during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 9, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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    Actress Felicity Jones arrives at the premiere of "The Invisible Woman" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival in the Visa Screening Room at the Elgin Theatre on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

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    Jennifer Morrison arrives at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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    Ralph Fiennes poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the film "The Invisible Woman" during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, September 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Michelle Siu)