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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
Anthony Gutierrez .... trans media coordinator
Patrick Kollman .... production assistant
Marika Kontoudakis .... production assistant
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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They have yet to go their separate ways, 10 March 2013
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

Is there any song more American than "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey? It concluded The Soprano's, it's the theme song of the Chicago White Sox, and has achieved enormous notoriety in film and television. It is, essentially, one of the best rock songs ever written by one of the best rock bands ever formed, Journey. It also begins the new documentary about Journey, titled Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey, centering around Arnel Pineda, the new Filipino lead singer of the band.

After Journey's lead singer Steve Perry left the band in 1998, the gang was scrambling to find a new voice. After a few replacements, temporary and official, they settle on a Filipino man named Arnel Pineda, who lead guitarist Neal Schon found on Youtube after spending hours searching for a new possible frontman. Pineda discovered that several dozens of Youtube videos had been posted of him singing with his coverband called "The Zoo." When Schon stumbled up his cover of "Faithfully," and continued watching additional Journey songs, as well as Survivor and Aerosmith, he knew he found their guy. The problem was, could it work? The hardest part about replacing a member of a classic rock band, the lead singer, nonetheless, is that the fans of the music want the sound, style, and rhythm to stay the same. How would fans respond to Journey's choice to make a short, Filipino man from a third-world country their lead singer? The documentary shows the hesitance from the fan-members, including the obligatory racist remarks Pineda got when he first signed on with the band. "I'm not cute; I'm short, I'm so Asian," a self-conscious Pineda states. He recalls his first concert in 2008 in Chile, in front of thousands of people, with pinpoint detail to how he felt that specific night. Before the concert, he states, his lips were trembling, his heartbeat was slowing, his voice and breathing became faint, and everything "was moving in slow-motion." Until he got up on stage and sung his heart out, along with jumping wildly and running from the opposite ends of the stage. It showed the band that not only was Pineda bringing his amazing voice and talent to the table, but also, his kinetic energy and charisma.

In many ways, Arnel Pineda reminds me of the singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez, who was profiled in Searching for Sugar Man, which won Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars this past year. The film concerned the immense popularity of a singer named Rodriguez in South Africa, which lead to two filmmakers researching the man's roots in America, where he became reclusive and part of the obscure when he realized his albums did nothing but fail in his homeland. Pineda and Rodriguez have the same kind of personality; they're somewhat shy, self-conscious, modest, and beyond charismatic.

The documentary shows how the band has been affected with Arnel Pineda now leading the iconic group, and it seems that it couldn't have been more positive in terms of popularity. We see how Journey is playing in different parts of the world now, and that there is a stunning influx of Filipino attendees at their concerts now. One wonders if it's still necessarily politically correct to refer to the band as the all American rock band.

I fell in love with Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey, not just because of the inclusion of unforgettable tunes such as "Anyway You Want It" and "Separate Ways," but mainly because of the likability of Pineda, and how the group currently functions with him. He's such a talented, brave soul, who wandered the streets of Manila to be the lead singer of a larger-than-life rock band. Documentaries are known for shedding light on smaller, more overlooked areas in a big world, and in that case, Pineda's story needed to be told. If you don't experience an emotional resonance with Pineda or his story during the final sequence, where he belts out "Don't Stop Believin'" to an incalculable crowd, you may have the inability to be moved.

Starring: Arnel Pineda, Neal Schon, Ross Valory, Jonathan Cain, and Deen Castronovo. Directed by: Ramona Diaz.

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