SILVERDOCS: ‘Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey’ by Bari Biern

In 2008, a young Canadian singer/songwriter named Justin Bieber was discovered on YouTube by the man who later became his manager. Halfway across the globe, another YouTube Cinderella story was unfolding.

Arnel Pineda. Photo by Rueben V. Nepales.

Arnel Pineda, a struggling Filipino rock singer performing with a Journey cover band in Manila, received a message from a man claiming to be Journey guitarist, Neal Schon. The legendary ‘80s band was looking for a new lead singer and, after seeing Pineda’s performance of “Falling” on a YouTube video (SEE BELOW), Schon invited Pineda to audition for the biggest gig of his life.

Don’t Stop Believin’ follows the parallel journeys of a nearly 40-year-old iconic rock band and an unknown homeless singer/songwriter, whose fortunes change dramatically when their paths finally cross.

Director Ramona Diaz and her crew earn the trust of their subjects, as well as an all-access pass to this remarkable backstage story. Her cameras capture Pineda’s gentle spirit as well as his ever-present self-doubts about his ability to make the successful transition from 200-seat clubs to sellout crowds in 20,000-seat stadiums.

A great story, outstanding cinematography and a wealth of kick-ass performance footage make this a ‘Must-See’ SILVERDOCS film.

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey (USA) 113 minutes
Sunday, June 24 12:15pm.

More information and purchase tickets here.



Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey’s website.
Arnel Pineda’s Official Website.
Journey’s website.

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