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Film Review: 'Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey'

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★★★☆☆The fast-track to rock superstardom is an alluring proposition for the fame-hungry X Factor generation, and the trajectory of Ramona S. Diaz's entertaining Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2012) feels like it's been ripped from a Hollywood narrative feature. The publicised search for a replacement singer certainly isn't new. The surviving members of Inxs led a cynical reality show campaign to find a front man replacement, while the story of Tim 'Ripper' Owens, the singer in a Judas Priest tribute band who was hired to join the real thing, formed the basis for the limp 2001 Mark Wahlberg vehicle Rock Star. What sets this doc apart from those is the band's unconventional means of finding a replacement.
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Watch: What Was It Like To Tour With Journey?

Synopsis: Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey follows the real life rock 'n' roll fairy tale of Filipino singer Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the frontman for the iconic American rock band Journey. In this Cinderella story for the ages, Arnel, having overcome a lifetime's worth of hardships, must now navigate the immense pressures of replacing a legendary singer and leading a world-renowned band on their most extensive world tour in years.

Don't Stop Believin' screened as part of the Ida Documentary Screening Series in November at the ...
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Vote For The Nominees of the 2013 Gothams' Audience Award

Vote For The Nominees of the 2013 Gothams' Audience Award
You can vote until November 5th in the first round to select the nominees for 23rd Gotham Independent Film Awards' Audience Award.  The 5 nominees will be chosen from your votes and will be invited to attend the Gotham Awards where the winner will be announced live. The second round of voting will begin on November 8, 2013, and will feature the top 5 films from round one. The winner will be announced on December 2, 2013. The finalists -- made up of audience award winners from across the Top 50 Us and Canadian film festivals -- are below. Click here to vote for one of them. 12 Years A Slave A Will For The Woods American Revolutionary Bending Steel Best Kept Secret Blood Brother Bridegroom Desert Runners Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey Far Out Isn't Far Enough Fruitvale Station Gideon's Army Good Ol' Freda Hank And Asha Harana How To Make Money Selling Drugs Inequality For All
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5 Best Bets on TV This Week: Journey, Daniel Radcliffe as a Young Jon Hamm and Larry Fessenden's TV Movie

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5 Best Bets on TV This Week: Journey, Daniel Radcliffe as a Young Jon Hamm and Larry Fessenden's TV Movie
Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV, including "Boardwalk Empire," "Eastbound and Down," "Homeland," "Masters of Sex" and more, but what to watch the rest of the time? Every Monday, we bring you five noteworthy highlights from the other six days of the week. "Independent Lens": "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" Monday, September 30 at 10pm on PBS The 12th season of "Independent Lens" kicks off with Ramona S. Diaz's doc about Arnel Pineda, the Filipino singer who rose from teen years spent on the streets to becoming the lead singer of Journey after Neal Schon spotted his performances on YouTube. The film examines Pineda's remarkable career path as well as how the band's fanbase received this new performer. Check out our interview with "Independent Lens" series producer Lois Vossen. "A Young Doctor's Notebook" Wednesday, October 2 at 10pm Et/7pm Pt on Ovation The impressive pairing of
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Exclusive: 'Independent Lens' Unveils a Fall Season That Includes 'Don't Stop Believin',' 'How to Survive a Plague' and 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi'

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Exclusive: 'Independent Lens' Unveils a Fall Season That Includes 'Don't Stop Believin',' 'How to Survive a Plague' and 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi'
Documentary series "Independent Lens" launches its 12th season on PBS on September 30th with a lineup of 23 films from both new and established filmmakers. The season will kick off with Ramona Diaz's "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey," about Filipino singer Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the frontman for the iconic American rock band Journey. Following on Monday, October 21 is "The Waiting Room," directed by Peter Nicks, which examines the current state of public health, told through 24 hours in an Oakland, California hospital waiting room stretched to the breaking point. Read More: Series Producer Lois Vossen Talks The New Season of 'Independent Lens' and the Current Conversation About Donors and Public Broadcasting "The Graduates/Los Graduados," a two-part special by filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz that profiles six remarkable students who are challenging the Latino dropout crisis, will air October 28 and November 4. November will see the...
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No miss TV: PBS Independent Lens "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey"

Legendary Journey frontman Steve Perry has a voice doppelgänger in Arnel Pineda of the Philippines. Pineda's unlikely rise to fame and fortune is deftly told in the PBS Independent Lens' film "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" coming September 30. The tale and the documentary are equally remarkable. Pineda's rise from obscurity to world wide fame played at several film festivals last year, and now will debut Sept. 30 (check your local PBS listings). Producer and film director Ramona Diaz was at the recent Television Critics' Association summer press tour and spoke about Arnel's unlikely journey. In 2007, a friend of singer Arnel Pineda began uploading YouTube videos of him covering classic Journey and other songs. Halfway around the world,
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DVD Release: Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey

DVD Release Date: Aug. 20, 2013

Price: DVD $24.98

Studio: Cinedigm

Arnel Pineda (ctr.) fronts the band in Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey

The 2012 music-filled documentary film Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey follows the real life rock-n-roll fairy tale story of Filipino singer Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the lead singer and front man for the iconic American rock band, Journey, replacing the legendary Steve Perry and leading the band on its most extensive world tour in years.

In 2006, Journey guitarist Neal Schon found Journey’s singer Arnel Pineda when he discovered a YouTube video of Pineda singing with a Filipino cover band called the Zoo. Pineda’s tone, power, and ability to sing a wide variety of material—not to mention his uncanny vocal similarity to Perry—impressed Schon so much that he soon contacted Pineda, who initially thought it was a prank and didn
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'Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey': Rock 'n' roll fairy tale coming to PBS

The story of Arnel Pineda's rise from nightclub singer in the Philippines to the frontman of Journey is fairly well-known -- he's been with the band, after all, for about five years now.

But it's a really good story, which is why PBS' "Independent Lens" series has picked up a documentary about Pineda's Journey experience. "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" played at several film festivals last year and is set to make its TV debut Sept. 30 (check your local PBS listings).

At the TCA summer press tour Tuesday (Aug. 6), Pineda and Journey's Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain and Ross Valory recounted how Schon found Pineda by searching YouTube, apprehensions the band had about hiring Pineda and some less-than-welcoming fan responses.

Cain recalls a tour date in one city -- he doesn't say which one -- where "people sat with their arms folded" for about the first half-hour of the show
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'All is Lost', 'Insidious 2', 'Red 2', 'Curse of Chucky' and More in Today's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

You've got to love the MPAA, take a 90-minute film with only about six moments where any words are actually said on screen and give the film a PG-13 rating. Whyc For brief strong language of course. The film is J.C. Chandor's All is Lost, which I saw and loved at this year's Cannes Film Festival (read my "A+" review here) and the moment the rating refers to comes about midway through the film and it is one single, solitary word. Based on the rating I'm pretty sure you can guess what that word is. Of course, I guess you could argue a PG-13 doesn't really matter in this case, but that's hardly the point. The point is this arbitrary ratings system where the PG-13 for All is Lost is really not different than the PG-13 for films like The Dark Knight or, in the case of this bulletin,
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The Long Journey to Making 'Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey'

The Long Journey to Making 'Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey'
When Arnel Pineda showed up at the American Embassy in the Philippines in 2007, he told an immigration officer he was traveling to the United States for an audition with the rock band Journey. The officer didn't believe him. Suspicious of such an unusual reason for travel and shocked by Pineda's brazenness, he asked the middle-aged frontman to sing. Pineda broke into "Wheel in the Sky," Journey's 1978 hit that resurfaced during season two of "The Sopranos." ("Don't Stop Believin" would serve as the coda for the show's finale, one of
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Just a Manila Boy: 'Don't Stop Believin'' Hits Theaters This Week

In 2007, Filipino YouTube star Arnel Pineda was vaulted from viral-video notoriety to international fame as the new lead singer of Journey. This was mere months after the finale of The Sopranos, when the wave of Journey comeback nostalgia was arguably at its peak. In Pineda's words, "I'm short ... I'm So Asian ... " How was this guy going to fit into the mold of the classic American rock star? That's the story you'll find in the documentary film Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey. Director Ramona S. Diaz brought her film to the Tribeca Film Festival in 2012, where Pineda wowed the crowds both onstage and off. (Wonder what Documentary Character Type he'd fit into?) Now, the film opens in selected cities across America this Friday, March 8. See if it's playing near you. Live in NYC? Ramona S. Diaz and Executive Producer Josh Green will be ...
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'Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey' documentary gets first poster

The first poster is in for Cinedigm and Docurama's Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey documentary with Journey's Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, Deen Castronovo and Arnel Pineda. The film opens on March 8th in limited areas, and then hits VOD the next day. Ramona S. Diaz directs the film and also produces alongside Capella Fahoome. Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey follows the real life rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the frontman for the iconic American rock band Journey. In this Cinderella story for the ages, Arnel, having overcome a lifetime’s worth of hardships, must now navigate the immense pressures of replacing a legendary singer and leading a world-renowned band on their most extensive world tour in years.
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'Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey' documentary gets first poster

The first poster is in for Cinedigm and Docurama's Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey documentary with Journey's Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, Deen Castronovo and Arnel Pineda. The film opens on March 8th in limited areas, and then hits VOD the next day. Ramona S. Diaz directs the film and also produces alongside Capella Fahoome. Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey follows the real life rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the frontman for the iconic American rock band Journey. In this Cinderella story for the ages, Arnel, having overcome a lifetime’s worth of hardships, must now navigate the immense pressures of replacing a legendary singer and leading a world-renowned band on their most extensive world tour in years.
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Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey documentary from Ramona Diaz gets first trailer

Watch the trailer for Cinedigm and Docurama's Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey which follows the real life rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the frontman for the iconic American rock band Journey. In this Cinderella story for the ages, Arnel, having overcome a lifetime’s worth of hardships, must now navigate the immense pressures of replacing a legendary singer and leading a world-renowned band on their most extensive world tour in years. The documentary opens on March 8th in select theaters, followed by a VOD release the next day. Pic includes Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, Deen Castronovo and Arnel Pineda of Journey. Ramona S. Diaz directed the film which was produced by Capella Fahoome and Diaz.
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Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey documentary from Ramona Diaz gets first trailer

Watch the trailer for Cinedigm and Docurama's Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey which follows the real life rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the frontman for the iconic American rock band Journey. In this Cinderella story for the ages, Arnel, having overcome a lifetime’s worth of hardships, must now navigate the immense pressures of replacing a legendary singer and leading a world-renowned band on their most extensive world tour in years. The documentary opens on March 8th in select theaters, followed by a VOD release the next day. Pic includes Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, Deen Castronovo and Arnel Pineda of Journey. Ramona S. Diaz directed the film which was produced by Capella Fahoome and Diaz.
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Trailer for Don't Stop Believin' Journey Documentary

I enjoy listening to Journey, and they're songs always kickass during Karaoke! I don't really know a lot about the story behind the band, and until now I had no idea that they hired an amateur Filipino singer named Arnel Pineda to join the band as their lead singer! This trailer for the documentary Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey kind of floored me, because it's really kind of an unbelievable story. It shows us the inspiring true story of how they found this guy, and how he's rocking out with the legendary band. 

Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey follows the real life rock 'n' roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for iconic American rock band Journey. In this Cinderella story for the ages, Arnel, having overcome a lifetime's worth of hardships, must now navigate the immense pressures of replacing
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Exclusive: First Trailer For Journey Doc

Exclusive: First Trailer For Journey Doc
From radio stations to sport arenas to the series finale of "The Sopranos" to the series premiere of "Glee" to Broadway hit "Rock of Ages" to perhaps even your morning shower, the Journey classic "Don't Stop Believin'" has been heard a lot during the last three decades. Yet how has Journey remained relevant over that time period, even after the departure of lead singer Steve Perry?

That's the crux of "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey," a new documentary which tracks how Journey band members Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain found Philippines native Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube obscurity to become lead singer of Journey.

The documentary debuted to strong reviews at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and with a theatrical release on the horizon, HuffPost Entertainment is happy to premiere the new "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" trailer. Watch above and prepare to get goosebumps.

For more information on "Don't Stop Believin',
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Tribeca Doc "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" Acquired by Cinedigm

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Cinedigm Entertainment Group has acquired the rights to Ramona S. Diaz's rock doc, "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey." The documentary, which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this year, closed the San Francisco International Film Festival and opened at Silverdocs. It's a real-life rock-and-roll story centering around Filipino singer (Arnel Pineda), who went from being homeless to the front man for the iconic band Journey. "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey," is set to release theatrically, on-demand and in premium digital in Spring 2013. It will have its TV debut through PBS in the late summer of 2013. An official synopsis and press release follows: "Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey," directed by Ramona S. Diaz, is the real-life rock-n-roll story of Filipino singer Arnel Pineda, a formerly homeless teen who was plucked from YouTube by...
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Celebrating a Decade of Docs at Silverdocs

For the past week, Silver Spring MD played host to some of the heavy hitters of the non-fiction world as the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival and conference celebrated its tenth anniversary. Wrapping up this weekend, Silverdocs presented more than a hundred films, as well as a week packed with panels, workshops, and special events like its annual Guggenheim Symposium, which this year honored the work of doc stalwarts Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky of the "Paradise Lost" trilogy fame. The festival opened Monday evening with the crowdpleasing "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey," in which director Ramona Diaz follows the unlikely but true story of fellow Filipino Arnel Pineda on his first year on tour as the new frontman for the legendary rock band Journey after years as a cover band singer. The screening was followed, appropriately enough, with a party featuring a band called "The Reagan Years," whose playlist.
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Watch: Sf International Film Festival In Full Swing

Watch: Sf International Film Festival In Full Swing
Hollywood may have some movies. But the longest running international film festival in the Americas is in San Francisco.

Last Thursday, the Sf Film Society kicked off its 55th annual San Francisco International Film Festival at the Castro Theatre with a screening of "Farewell, My Queen," Benoît Jacquot’s portrayal of court life at Versailles during the final days of the French Revolution, followed by an equally lavish party at Terra Gallery. Since then, nearly 200 films have flickered across Sf screens.

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And the films have not disappointed. Within the monstrous lineup are documentaries, soon-to-be art house classics and heavily-publicized heavyweights like "Hysteria" –- Tanya Wexler's ode to the vibrator, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal -- and "The Last Gladiators", about infamous hockey fighter, Chris "Knuckles" Nilan and his well-documented drug addiction and inner turmoil.

In true Sfiff form, the festival has so far been as much
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