Stephen Kijak, Director
Q: Who is this movie for?
To quote a song by a famous boy band… "EVERYBODY"!
Q: How did you get involved in the project?
My old friend and producer Mia Bays made me do it.
Q: Without the luxury of time, how did you gain the trust of the band?
Mia opened the door and I walked through it. And I took their ideas, concerns, and feelings on board, took them seriously, made them collaborators in the process.
Q: Were you surprised by anything you learned?
How much tap and ballet AJ had done before he was 8 years old!
Q: How did you ensure this didn’t become a vanity project?
I wasn’t a fan so I wasn’t concerned with propping up an accepted myth. To me they were just ordinary guys and I wanted to tell the simplest story possible.
Q: What part of the journey is the most memorable to you?
Hiking in Kentucky.
Q: Were you impacted personally by the story, if so how?
I started waking up with Backstreet Boys songs stuck in my head.
Q: What was your favourite part of the whole process?
I’m guessing it will be the first world premiere screening, complete with screaming fans.
Q: What was the most difficult moment? And why?
The edit is where it gets tough. Production with these guys was really great, but it came down to those final weeks when you really had to make hard choices in the edit. You’re trying to balance the story of the band as a whole and the concerns of five individuals. Some things got cut, most painful for me was not being able to find a place for Kevin’s story about the 'Just Want You To Know' video which is hilarious and a piece of really clever post-modern filmmaking!
Q: What inspires you?
Good music. Smart people. Great films. My friends and family.
Q: Why did you choose directing as the path to storytelling?
Total accident. I’m supposed to be in a band.
Q: Are you a fan of the band now?
You know it! KTBSPA!