Independent Lens: Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey

News Release Date: 
September 19, 2013

For Immediate Release

NET Television Presents “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey”

LINCOLN, Neb. (Sept. 18, 2013) -- The real life rock and roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the frontman for the iconic American rock band Journey, is featured in the “Independent Lens” program “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey,” airing Monday, Sept. 30, at 9 p.m. CT on NET1.

For Pineda, who had been performing in small clubs in Manila, the past five years have been the stuff of which dreams are made. In 2007, a friend of Pineda’s began uploading videos of Pineda’s covers of classic rock songs to YouTube.

Halfway around the world, Neal Schon, guitarist for Journey, stumbled upon the videos as he was combing the internet, looking for a singer with the vocal chops to lead the band on its next tour. Blown away by Pineda’s talent and uncanny vocal similarity to former Journey frontman Steve Perry, Schon flew Pineda from Manila to San Francisco to audition for the band.

But Pineda’s personal journey had just begun. With no formal music training, he was anything but prepared for the grueling physical and emotional strains that come from fronting a beloved rock band on a high-stakes whirlwind world tour. “Don’t Stop Believin’” follows Pineda as he faces the demands of newfound fame, overcomes hostility and skepticism from fans, and ultimately triumphs thanks to his extraordinary vocal ability.

“This is a quintessentially modern rags-to-riches story, one that could only have happened in this self-referential age of social media,” filmmaker Ramona Diaz says. “And no matter how clichéd it seems, it really is a story of never giving up.”

“Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” repeats on NET2 World on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m. CT; Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7 a.m. CT and 1:30 p.m. CT; and Saturday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. CT.

NET1 and NET2 World are part of NET Television.  NET Television is a service of NET.  For a complete program schedule, visit NET's Web site (netNebraska.org/television).

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RELEASE WRITTEN BY:  Larry L. Kubert, 402-472-9333, ext. 389, or e-mail at lkubert@netNebraska.org

NET Television:

NET1is Nebraska's first public television broadcast service and includes PBS and award-winning, locally produced public television programming; NET2 World offers live coverage of the Nebraska Unicameral, and other news and public affairs programming; NET3 Create is a 24-hour channel featuring the most popular how-to, travel and lifestyle series.