Footage from the rock documentary “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” will screen this week at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin. A Visit Films production directed by Ramona S. Diaz, the film chronicles Filipino musician Arnel Pineda’s rise to fame, from battling drug addiction to becoming iconic band Journey’s new lead singer.
The band (best known for their anthem “Don’t Stop Believing”) discovered Pineda through a YouTube clip of him singing for a cover band. “What could easily have been a five-minute film – rock band finds lead singer through You Tube – is a much bigger story because of the camera’s unfettered love for Arnel Pineda,” Diaz said in an official statement. “Arnel returns the affection by being the most candid and captivating character I’ve ever had the privilege to film.”
Journey’s manager John Baruck feels the film will have cross-over appeal with fans and film lovers alike.
Visit Films EFM slate for this year also includes Harmony Korine’s “Trash Humpers,” Eyad Zahra’s “The Taqwacores,” Valerie Donzelli’s “La Reine des Pommes (The Queen of Hearts),” and Sophie Deraspe’s “Vital Signs (Les Signes Vitaux).”