The Tribeca Film Festival has announced that the documentary, “Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful,” will screen as a work in progress at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by filmmaker and photographer Phil Griffin and produced by Academy Award-and Emmy-winning producers @radical.media, the documentary was filmed on the road and behind the scenes with the band during their 2008 Lost Highway World Tour, which came to a close with a concert in New York City’s Central Park and two sold-out nights at Madison Square Garden.
“Throughout the process of working with Bon Jovi, I was amazed at the candor and humility Jon and his band showed me,” said director Phil Griffin, in a statement. “The result is not a neatly wrapped up bundle of staged interviews and musical interludes, but rather a series of open and sometimes difficult conversations, explored against a backdrop of music spanning 25 years. It is a film about the peace of Tico, the complexity of Richie, the drive of Jon and the brutal honesty of Dave. It is their willingness to share their stories that gives us what I hope is a very human story–that humanity is what I believe has seen this band stand the test of time.”
The screening will take place on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at 9:30pm at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, with two additional screenings on Thursday, April 30, and Saturday, May 2, 2009; the Festival will run from April 22 through May 3.
“Nothing says rock ‘n’ roll more than Bon Jovi,” said Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal in a statement. “This compelling documentary gives you a glimpse behind the scenes of one of the great rock bands and unveils how they have stayed on top for the past 25 years. Jon has been a stalwart supporter and remarkable friend to our Festival, making it incredibly exciting to premier the Bon Jovi Story at Tribeca.”