The AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival will adopt a musical tone this year, with Ramona Diaz’s Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey and Emmett Malloy’s Big Easy Express (pictured) book-ending the festival’s 10th edition.
Don’t Stop Believin’ tells the rags-to-riches story of Filipino singer Arnel Pineda as he is plucked from obscurity via YouTube to become the new lead singer of the iconic American pop band Journey, and will open the festival on June 18.
Meanwhile, Big Easy Express follows the bands Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show as they travel across the U.S. by train on a six-stop tour that ultimately takes them to New Orleans. The doc will close the festival on June 24.
“We are thrilled to book-end the 10th edition of the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival with two spirited films that harness the passion and creativity of these musicians,” said festival director Sky Sitney.
“In the opening selection, we see a miraculous relationship between frustrated dreams and their uncanny fulfilment years later. In the closing film, we get a front row seat to the personalities and the power of the creative process that go into making this magical art called music.”
Silverdocs is a joint venture between the American Film Institute and Discovery Communications, designed to recognize excellence in documentary film.