Pearl Jam will debut “Pearl Jam Twenty,” a definitive portrait of the band as told by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker and music journalist, Cameron Crowe, at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday September 10.
"Pearl Jam Twenty" chronicles the years leading up to the band’s formation, the chaos that ensued soon-after being catapulted into superstardom, their step back from the spotlight with the instinct of self-preservation, and the creation of a trusted circle that would surround them—giving way to a work culture that would sustain them. The film celebrates the freedom that allows the band to make music without losing themselves, their fans, or the music lovers they’d always been.
“We put so much into the film – moments, pieces of footage shot by band members, audio snippets, visual bursts, new and old interviews – many different formats, all meant to present an emotional scrapbook of what it felt like to be a member of the band on this twenty-year journey,” said Crowe. “The richness of the footage made our path very clear – just tell the story of the band and let the music guide us. It was a joy to make this film, and we’re thrilled share it with the fans.”
The documentary gives fans and audiences an intimate first glimpse into Pearl Jam’s journey culled from more than 1,200 hours of rarely and never-before-seen footage, over 24 hours of recent interviews with the band, as well as live footage.
Here’s some key dates for PJ fans on this project:
Sep 10 – Film debuts at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Ticket info can be found at the TIFF website here.
Sep 20 – Film goes worldwide in select theaters for one night only.
Sep 20 – Film soundtrack released.
Sep 23 – Film starts a full week run in key markets. For the latest update of theaters and cities, click here.
Oct 21 – Film has its U.S. television premiere at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), as part of the prestigious PBS “American Masters” series, airing during the first-ever PBS Arts Fall Festival.
Oct 25 - DVD of the film released worldwide; it will also be available on Movies On Demand timed to the theatrical release.
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