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Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey -- 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.
Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey -- A documentary on Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the new singer for the rock & roll band, Journey.


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A snapshot of Journey at this moment in its 30-year history, 2008, as it emerges with a new lead singer.
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Jonathan Cain ... Himself
Deen Castronovo ... Himself

Katherine Heigl ... Herself

Arnel Pineda ... Himself

Neal Schon ... Himself
Ross Valory ... Himself

Directed by
Ramona S. Diaz 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ramona S. Diaz  writer

Produced by
John Baruck .... executive producer
Jim Choi .... associate producer
Nick Detisch .... associate producer
Ramona S. Diaz .... executive producer
Ramona S. Diaz .... producer
Capella Fahoome .... executive producer
Capella Fahoome .... producer
Joshua A. Green .... executive producer
Leah Marino .... supervising producer
David Paterson .... associate producer
John Paterson .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Julia Dengel 
Vicente Franco 
Film Editing by
Leah Marino 
Production Management
Su Kim .... post-production supervisor
Christopher S. Rodriguez .... unit manager
Sound Department
Adriano Bravo .... sound recordist
Eric Di Stefano .... post-audio assistant
Elizabeth Fausak .... sound editor
Christopher Koch .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher Koch .... supervising sound editor
Randy Matuszewski .... sound editor
J.T. Mueller .... additional location sound mixer
Ray Suthinithet .... additional location sound mixer
Visual Effects by
George Bunce .... video effects artist
Amit Sethi .... visual effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Ninfa Bito .... still photographer
Jason Blalock .... additional camera operator
Jun Bual .... first assistant camera: manila unit
Charlotte Buchen .... additional camera operator
Ricardo Buhay III .... additional photography
Jim Choi .... additional camera operator
Cucillo Consad .... additional camera
Fred Escosio .... additional photography
Gabriel Goodenough .... additional camera operator
Dan Krauss .... camera operator
Oli Laperal Jr. .... camera & crew coordinator
Jon Shenk .... additional camera operator
Paul Tañedo .... second assistant camera: manila unit
Joshua Z. Weinstein .... additional camera operator
Editorial Department
Erin Martell .... assistant editor
Scot Olive .... digital intermediate colorist
Jane Slowik .... lead logger
Sean Smith .... on-line editor
Aaron Wolfe .... original trailer editor
Music Department
Maryam Soleiman .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Ronnie Aguilar .... driver
James Delalamon .... driver
Valeriano Espinosa .... driver
Joseph Mandane .... driver
Other crew
Michael Bartholow .... trans media coordinator
Benito Bautista .... translator
Kate Coe .... archival research and clearances
Cucillo Consad .... technical consultant
Rex Dingcong .... production assistant
Emma Francisco .... translator
Ray A. Galloway .... assitant to producers
Anthony Gutierrez .... trans media coordinator
Justine Jacob .... legal counsel
Patrick Kollman .... production assistant
Marika Kontoudakis .... production assistant
Richard J. Lee .... legal counsel
Ruben Rios .... production assistant
Nicholas Robbins .... project manager
Christopher S. Rodriguez .... researcher
Amit Sethi .... titles design
Eddie Yun Shieh .... website
Patti Wise .... transcriber
Frank Hagan .... the producers wish to thank
Asger Hussain .... special thanks
Yaron Schwartzman .... special thanks
Ronald Yacovetti .... special thanks

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Rated R for some language
113 min | USA:105 min


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Inspiring documentary, 14 October 2013
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

Ramona Diaz' "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" may not be the most "important" documentary of the past several years, but it is certainly one of the most fascinating. And uplifting.

The movie begins with a predicament: the remaining members of the classic rock group Journey have decided to both return to the studio to start recording new material and go on tour where they will need to perform all their familiar hits for their millions of rabid fans who are expecting them to sound the way they did decades before. Yet, their lead singer, Steve Perry, has long since left the group. What are a bunch of aging rockers to do? The answer they come up with is to mount a search for someone who can approximate Perry's distinctive and universally recognizable vocal stylings. That's where Arnel Pineda comes in - an amateur singer in the Philippines who had previously posted 60 videos of himself mainly doing cover versions of Journey's hits on-line. The similarity between his voice and the voice of Perry is uncanny, so the group plucks him out of obscurity and puts him front-and-center with them on stage and in the studio. This movie is a record of that experience.

To show just how far he's risen, the movie briefly chronicles Arnel's hardscrabble life as an orphan in the Philipines, often living on the streets, literally singing for his supper and that of his siblings. Drug and alcohol abuse and a broken marriage also figure prominently in Arnel's pre-Journey history. But all that is in the past, as now he not only gets to perform with his favorite band, but he is happily married with a young daughter. Indeed, the only negative aspect of the tour for Arnel is that it requires him to be away from his home and loved ones for such an extended period of time. But such is the life of a rock star.

The movie also fleshes out the history of the band itself, from its years of worldwide success to its periods of wilderness-wandering obscurity, from its temporary dissolution in the '90s to its successful comeback today. These experienced, wiser heads are able to keep this newbie focused on not only what is good about touring, but the potential pitfalls that await someone not ready for all that comes with fame and glory and life on the road. Thanks in large part to them but also to his own inner strength of character, Arnel is able to keep his feet planted firmly on the ground, even while his head is, understandably, in the clouds.

And indeed throughout the experience, Arnel remains a humble, self-effacing figure, a man who, despite being overwhelmed by the adoration of Journey's fans, never allows himself to forget where it is he came from and how extraordinarily blessed he is in being able to live out this never-in-my-wildest-dreams fantasy-come-true.

As for the original members of the band - Neal Schon, Ross Valory, Jonathan Cain, Deen Castronova - they do tend to become bit-players in the film while Arnel takes center stage, but it is clear that they are equally cognizant of the fact they owe as much to Arnel as he does to them for helping make this hugely successful comeback possible. It is obvious that the members not only welcome Arnel in with "open arms" but that a genuine bond of fellowship and friendship has developed amongst them.

As Arnel himself admits, this is really a rock music Cinderella story with Neil Schon, who discovered him, as the fairy godmother and the tour the grand ball.

And the whole thing culminates in a raucous performance of "Don't Stop Believing" before a stadium full of screaming, adoring Filipino fans, all beaming with pride at the sight of a home town boy hitting the big time - and if that scene doesn't leave you with a lump in your throat and a chill running up and down your spine, you just might want to get those two organs checked out for defectiveness.

Even those who don't much care for Journey - if any such people exist amongst us - can have a great time with this film.

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