Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey

Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey

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Director: Ramona S. Diaz, Jonathan Cain, Deen Castronovo, Arnel Pineda

Cast: Ramona S. Diaz, Jonathan Cain, Deen Castronovo, Arnel Pineda

     
 
When the rock band Journey wanted to reunite for a tour, they were in need of a new lead singer. When guitarist Neal Shone found a YouTube clip of a Filipino named Arnel Pedina fronting a cover band that played a bunch of Journey's songs, he knew he had found the right man for the job. This documentary follows

Overview

When the rock band Journey wanted to reunite for a tour, they were in need of a new lead singer. When guitarist Neal Shone found a YouTube clip of a Filipino named Arnel Pedina fronting a cover band that played a bunch of Journey's songs, he knew he had found the right man for the job. This documentary follows Pedina as he joins the band, tours with them for the first time, and records an album. The filmmakers also explain his poverty-stricken childhood, and capture the moment when he returns to his home country to perform with Journey.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
A feel-good documentary that will appeal to casual music fans, American Idol obsessives, and anyone in need of some cinematic Zoloft, Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey follows previously unknown Filipino singer Arnel Pineda as he's plucked from obscurity to front the mega-successful rock band Journey, who created such enduring hits as "Separate Ways," "Any Way You Want It,"" "Faithfully,"" and of course, the song that gives the film its title. This remarkably straightforward movie from director Ramona S. Diaz efficiently gives us the pertinent background to the story. Journey are ready to record an album and tour again, but they've split from iconic longtime frontman Steve Perry. Guitarist Neal Schon scours the web looking for someone who can fill Perry's distinctive long-tailed jacket, epic hockey mullet, and powerful pipes when he happens upon a YouTube clip of a cover band in the Philippines led by Arnel Pineda, a charismatic singer who can effortlessly evoke not just Perry, but Jon Bon Jovi, Sting, or any other distinctive vocalist. The band contact Pineda and bring him in for an audition, where he impresses everyone. The guys in the group know the possibility exists that Pineda will be overwhelmed by his new responsibilities -- he has much to learn about being a lead singer on this large a scale. There's charming, funny footage of his first show where, singing on the biggest physical stage he's ever set foot on, Pineda can't keep from running all around it, eventually losing his breath and the power in his voice. In addition to the physical rigors of the job, he also needs to become an integral part of the group -- not just a session player along for the ride. Diaz shows this process, while also painting a portrait of the squalor and addiction problems Pineda experienced before his momentous break. There are no surprises in the film; if you've seen one tour bus you've more or less seen them all, and of course when Pineda talks about how much he misses home, the soundtrack plays "Faithfully,"" Journey's lament about how hard it is to be a rock star. However, instead of producing boredom, these sections of the movie feel more like comfort food, allowing us to enjoy the fact that Cinderella stories actually do happen, even in the testosterone-laden world of rock gods. The whole thing wraps up with a triumphant concert by the band in Manila, capping off the local-boy-makes-good story with a rousing version of both the title song and a new tune the band came up with about Pineda's journey. It all adds up to a remarkably winning documentary that even Journey haters can begrudgingly enjoy.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/20/2013
UPC:
0767685285015
Original Release:
2012
Rating:
NR
Source:
New Video Group
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
4,701

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jonathan Cain Participant
Deen Castronovo Participant
Arnel Pineda Participant
Neal Schon Participant
Ross Valory Participant

Technical Credits
Ramona S. Diaz Director,Producer,Screenwriter
John Baruck Executive Producer
Fahoome Brogden Producer
Capella Fahoome Brogden Executive Producer
Jung Choi Associate Producer
Julia Dengel Cinematographer
Nick Detisch Associate Producer
Vicente Franco Cinematographer
Joshua Green Executive Producer
Jim Jung Associate Producer
Leah Marino Editor
John Paterson Associate Producer
Dave Paterson Associate Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey
1. Chapter 1 [10:46]
2. Chapter 2 [8:46]
3. Chapter 3 [8:46]
4. Chapter 4 [11:59]
5. Chapter 5 [9:05]
6. Chapter 6 [9:34]
7. Chapter 7 [11:30]
8. Chapter 8 [9:12]
9. Chapter 9 [9:06]
10. Chapter 10 [11:43]
11. Chapter 11 [4:51]

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Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best documentary I've ever seen - it blew me away! Great music, an incredibly heartwarming story, and the most humble, charismatic star. The best part is that Arnel remains the same gracious, humble man 8 years later, never forgetting where he came from. Proof that sometimes good things do happen to good people!