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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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8 March 2013 (USA) See more »
A snapshot of Journey at this moment in its 30-year history, 2008, as it emerges with a new lead singer.
A documentary on Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the new singer for the rock & roll band, Journey. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Arnel Pineda ... Himself, lead vocalist, Journey
Jonathan Cain ... Himself, keyboards and rhythm guitar, Journey

Neal Schon ... Himself, lead guitar, Journey
Deen Castronovo ... Himself, drums, Journey
Ross Valory ... Himself, bass, Journey
John Baruck ... Himself, manager, Journey
Noel Gomez ... Himself, Arnel Pineda's greatest fan
Cherry Pineda ... Herself, Arnel Pineda's wife

Ellen DeGeneres ... Herself (archive footage)

Steve Perry ... Himself, lead vocalist 1977-1998, Journey (archive footage)
Erik Pineda ... Himself, Arnel Pineda's brother
Rusmon Pineda ... Himself, Arnel Pineda's brother
Steve Augeri ... Himself, lead vocalist 1998-2006, Journey (archive footage)
John Toomey ... Himself, tour manager 1998-2010, Journey
Tim Rozner ... Himself, stage manager, Journey

Katherine Heigl ... Herself
Jason Scheff ... Himself, bass and vocals, Chicago

Ann Wilson ... Herself, lead singer, Heart
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ... Herself, President of the Philippines
Yul Session ... Himself, Arnel Pineda's personal assistant

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
Ryan Harrington .... special thanks
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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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Steve Who?, 5 May 2012
Author: soncoman from United States

The 55th San Francisco International Film Festival recently closed with a screening of "Don't Stop Believin' - Everyman's Journey," Ramona Diaz's new documentary chronicling the journey of Arnel Pineda. His trek from a Phillipine cover band to lead vocalist for the classic rock band "Journey" (via You Tube) is an incredible story.

Diaz got a "heads up" from a Phillipine emigration official and jumped on the opportunity to capture Pineda's growth from anxious audition-er to full-fledged rock star. From recording studio to concert tour bus, to venues around the United States and - finally - to a triumphant Manila concert, you can't help but root for this incredible likable performer. Pineda is genuinely humbled by the opportunity given him, and always seems to be waiting for the balloon to burst.

The other members of "Journey" (Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, Deen Castronovo) quickly realize they've managed to capture 'lightning in a bottle' again, and mentor Pineda through the hard times of touring. As we already know how the story turns out, there's a noticeable lack of suspense or conflict - or at least any that we see. Schon hinted at the Q&A after the screening that he may have been a bit problematic at times, but it doesn't show in the finished film.

At just under two hours, the film is a bit too long for its own good. The scenes "on the road" get a bit repetitive and, as I stated earlier, we already know how the story ends. The film's excess length is almost made up for by the personable Pineda and, indeed, all the members of the band. Almost, but not quite. This was the second time I'd screened the film, but my first time with an audience. While the film plays much better in a theatre with a kick-ass sound system set to "11" and surrounded by fans, I could sense the audience start to get a bit restless when the film started to drag.

Perhaps they were getting restless hoping for the band to come up on stage for the post-screening Q&A. Indeed they did, along with Director Diaz and the film's producers. After a few expected questions ("Have you ever met Steve Perry?") I managed to get one in that expanded on a statement made by a fan in the film. A Phillipino fan says something along the lines that the band "didn't realize that when they made Pineda their lead singer that they were adopting an entire country." I asked the members of the band how this new fan base had impacted them. Jonathan Cain stated how appreciative they were, especially for the fact they "actually buy CD's." Pineda chimed in "and merchandise!" Ross Valory also jumped in to confirm another statement made in the film, that the Phillipino fan's "won't take NO for an answer!" He didn't elaborate.

"Don't Stop Believin - Everyman's Journey" is a rock and roll film minus the sex and drugs (for the most part.) It is a joyous film, a "Horatio Alger" tale for the rock and roll age and, needless to say, the soundtrack ROCKS!

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