Arnel Pineda docu wins at Palm Springs film fest

Posted at 01/17/2013 6:49 PM | Updated as of 01/18/2013 10:33 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- The documentary on the rise to fame of Filipino singer Arnel Pineda was recently recognized at an international film festival in California.

Journey frontman Arnel Pineda in a scene from the documentary “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey.”

Directed by Filipina-American Ramona Diaz, "Don’t Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" received early this week the Audience Award Best for Documentary Feature at the 24th Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF).

The documentary tells the modern-day story of how the life a homeless man, Pineda, takes its biggest turn when he is tapped to become the lead singer of the American rock band Journey.

It was in 2007 when Journey first contacted the Filipino singer, after seeing his performances of the band's hits uploaded on the video-sharing site YouTube.

In April last year, "Don't Stop Believin'" premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Diaz, in an earlier interview, said a local release of the documentary is planned to coincide with its release in the United States.

Jericho Rosales' indie film "Alagwa" was also shown at this year's Palm Springs film fest.