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The incredible true Cinderella story of Arnel Pineda, the struggling lead singer for a Filipino cover band, plucked from obscurity by the hit rock band Journey, and launched into a life of international fame and fortune.
Running time: 113 min. Director: Ramona S. Diaz
Before becoming the front man for the stadium-filling, karaoke-bar-featured icons known as Journey, Pineda led a hard life. As a child, he and his brothers struggled to feed themselves and find a roof over their heads. Later, success eluded him with his band, as audiences didn’t take to his original music, and he was primed to fall into a haze of groupies, drugs, and alcohol. Pineda was on the verge of giving up when the most unexpected tornado of opportunity blew down his door. And while the success that followed literally saved his life, it also brought a host of new challenges. Would the fans accept him? Could he handle the time away from his child, wife, and beloved home? Could he stay true to himself, holding on to the down-to-earth spirit that made the members of Journey and their millions of fans connect so deeply with him in the first place? Don’t Stop Believin’ could be a story ripped right out of one of Journey’s inspiring, joyous rock anthems, and Pineda’s tough spirit, optimism, and unbelievably beautiful voice make him as irresistible as the song after which the film was named.