By now the tale has become legend. In 2007, the American band Journey went in search of a new lead singer; someone who could fill the place of Steve Perry, whose voice in such classics as “Don’t Stop Believin’” came to define arena rock. In the midst of this near impossible quest, guitarist Neal Schon happened upon YouTube clips of an unknown Filipino singer with a voice of gold, belting out Journey cover tunes in an obscure Manila bar. What happened next is a story for the ages, a true rags-to-riches tale; six years later, that singer, Arnel Pineda, is now the frontman for one of rock’s most beloved bands.
Reel Asian is pleased to present the Canadian theatrical premiere of Ramona S. Diaz’s thrilling portrait of Pineda, an alternately intimate and rocking look into the life of a man whose sudden immersion into fame is a culture shock he could not have foreseen. With the clear, incisive eye that shaped her earlier, award-winning documentary (Imelda, 2003), Diaz embeds her crew with Journey on world tour, capturing the drama and excitement of a band reborn, and a larger story of race, stardom, and fate.