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4.17.2012

world premiere of don't stop believin': everyman's journey at tribeca film festival



For those in New York who are checking out the Tribeca Film Festival this week, you don't want to miss the world premiere of Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey, director Ramona Diaz's documentary on the amazing stranger-than-fiction story of Filipino singer Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from obscurity to become lead vocalist of stadium rock band Journey. Here's the trailer:



And here's the synopsis:
For Arnel Pineda, the past five years have been the stuff that dreams are made of. In 2007, Arnel's friend began uploading videos of the aspiring Filipino singer covering classic rock songs onto YouTube. One of them was seen by Neal Schon, guitarist for the iconic rock band Journey. Blown away by Pineda's talent and uncanny vocal similarity to former Journey front man Steve Perry, Neal flew Arnel from Manila to San Francisco to audition for the band, and the rest is history. But Arnel's personal journey had just begun. Having lived life on the street since age 13 with no classical music training, he was anything but prepared for the grueling physical and emotional strains that come from fronting a rock band on a whirlwind world tour. Can a man who has already overcome so many obstacles deal with the demands of his newfound fame?

A rare behind-the-scenes look at one of America's most beloved rock groups, Don't Stop Believin' takes a trip around the world with band members and fans alike, watching as the newest Journeyman converts skeptics and haters into adoring fans -- and breathes new life into Journey for the next generation of international listeners.
Can't wait to see it. The film premieres this Thursday, April 19 as part of Tribeca's Spotlight Program. And for those of you in San Francisco, the film will screen May 3 as Closing Night of the 2012 San Francisco International Film Festival.

For further information about Don't Stop Believin', including upcoming screenings, check out the film's website here, and become a fan on Facebook here.