Famed Hollywood director Ron Howard is not much on downtime these days. Having spent this past Labor Day weekend running all over the inaugural Made in America festival for an upcoming documentary (even meeting fans in the photo pit moments before Pearl Jam‘s epic set featuring Jay-Z, according to Billboard), he’s already signed on for another big-time project featuring a marquee musician.
As part of Canon’s Project Imagination, former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy is one of five celebrities slated to work with Howard on a short film series featuring photographs from you, the not-so-general public.
The project, which also includes actress Eva Longoria and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone among the celebrity participants, is an ambitious one. First, online viewers are asked to submit photos that represent a wide range of topics, including setting, backstory and relationship, according to Spin. Once the number of photos has been whittled down to 91, Murphy and the rest of the celebrities will pick the ten shots that inspire them the most.
To get the party started by soliciting the first round of images, a bearded James Murphy is featured in an appropriately ironic promo video, explaining the Canon project and ultimately declaring, “You become my mood board.”
While Murphy insists that LCD Soundsystem is firmly in the past (even in this promo video), he continues to perform as a DJ, most recently spinning a much-anticipated set at the Electric Picnic music festival in Ireland.
–Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local