Bon Jovi to Debut Documentary at Tribeca Film Festival

April 6, 2009 By:
Bon Jovi to Debut Documentary at Tribeca Film Festival

Who knew JonBon Jovi was a documentarist? Well, when it comes to his own experiences, he knows how to tell a story.

Bon Jovi will be debuting his own doc called When We Were Beautiful at next month’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Directed by filmmaker and photographer Phil Griffin and produced by Academy Award and Emmy-winning producers, the documentary was filmed on the road and behind the scenes with the band during their 2008 Lost Highway World Tour.

You may recall that run ended with a historic concert in Central Park and two sold-out nights at Madison Square Garden. When We Were Beautiful indulges the secrets behind this legendary band’s determined and charismatic leader Jon Bon Jovi, and band members Richie Sambora, David Bryan, and Tico Torres.

The film portrays how the band made it through the rough patches, how they reach consensus on their priorities, and how Jon leads them with strength and compassion. Avid Bon Jovi fans will find plenty of new reasons to be so devoted, but anyone can revel in this exploration of the work that goes into the success and longevity of this band’s magnitude.

Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal says, “Nothing says rock ’n’ roll more than Bon Jovi. This compelling documentary gives you a glimpse behind the scenes of one of the great rock bands and unveils how they have stayed on top for the past 25 years. Jon has been a stalwart supporter and remarkable friend to our Festival, making it incredibly exciting to premier the Bon Jovi Story at Tribeca.”

Director on the project Phil Griffin says, “Throughout the process of working with Bon Jovi, I was amazed at the candor and humility Jon and his band showed me. The result is not a neatly wrapped up bundle of staged interviews and musical interludes, but rather a series of open and sometimes difficult conversations, explored against a backdrop of music spanning 25 years. It is a film about the peace of Tico, the complexity of Richie, the drive of Jon and the brutal honesty of Dave. It is their willingness to share their stories that gives us what I hope is a very human story—that humanity is what I believe has seen this band stand the test of time.”

The screening will take place on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at 9:30pm at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, with two additional screenings on Thursday, April 30, and Saturday, May 2, 2009; the Festival will run from April 22 through May 3.

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