Bon Jovi Documentary To Debut At Tribeca Film Fest


April 6, 2009

Steven Zeitchik of Billboard reports that Tribeca is giving itself a shot to the heart.

The New York festival will unspool what is described as a work-in-progress documentary about Jon Bon Jovi.

Phil Griffin directed and produced the previously unknown pic, titled “When We Were Beautiful,” which follows the musician and his band on their 2008 Lost Highway tour.

The movie will screen as the fest’s centerpiece presentation on April 29, with another pair of screenings scheduled over the following three days.

Described as a celebration of the quarter-century career of the chart-topping act, the film “susses out the secrets behind this legendary band’s determined and charismatic leader Jon Bon Jovi” and his band members, the fest said.

Tribeca co-founder Jane Rosenthal noted that “nothing says rock ‘n’ roll more than Bon Jovi,” while Griffin, known as both a director and photographer, added that the movie went beyond a traditional concert doc to look at the complex relationships between band members over the group’s history.

Bon Jovi has enjoyed unusual staying power in American pop culture. The band came to prominence in the mid-1980s by creating a type of music that made the more aggressive style of rock at that time palatable to mainstream audiences; it has been resurgent this decade with several top-selling albums.

Jon Bon Jovi has starred in a number of Hollywood features, including “U-571.” The New Jersey rocker has a previous association with Tribeca, performing at its opening night two years ago as part of an environmental-themed evening.

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