Not only is a documentary on U2 opening the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), but music lovers will be excited to know that Pearl Jam Twenty, Cameron Crowe’s doc celebrating one of the greatest bands to come out of the wave of ’90s alt-rock, is having its world premiere at the fest before its exclusive one night screening at select Cineplex theatres on September 20.
I’m not the biggest fan of the band, but the trailer is very well produced and has me really excited to see the film. The film is also now high on my must-see list at TIFF this year. Check out the trailer below along with the poster and longer description of the film and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
About Pearl Jam Twenty:
Told in big themes and bold colours with blistering sound, 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 show the emotional scrapbook of what it felt like to be a member of the band on this twenty-year journey,” said Cameron 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 to share it with the fans.”
The captivating 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 of their spellbinding concert performances.
Tickets to the September 20 screening at select Cineplex theatres are currently on sale at cineplex.com.
TIFF 2011 runs from September 8 – 18. For more info, visit tiff.net/festival.
Top image: Eddie Vedder in a scene from Pearl Jam Twenty. Courtesy filmswelike.