Trailer For Cameron Crowe's 'Pearl Jam Twenty' Documentary; Film Will Feature Kurt Cobain Footage

by Edward Davis
July 26, 2011 5:54 AM
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After the flop that was 2005's "Elizabethtown," Cameron Crowe comes back with a vengeance in 2011. He's got three films in the can all coming out at various times this year, his Oscar hopeful, "We Bought A Zoo," his Elton John doc, "The Union,” which chronicles John and Leon Russell‘s collaborative album which premiered at Tribeca earlier this year and finally, his "Pearl Jam Twenty," documentary which was announced as part of the Toronto International Film Festival this morning.

Thanks to the TIFF announcement, Crowe decided to drop the trailer for his new documentary celebrating the existence of rock's premiere grunge band on his own website.

Something special to note. Crowe lets loose a few details like the documentary will feature footage of Neil Young, Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and even footage of Kurt Cobain, presumably discussing Pearl Jam.

Crowe writes:

That’s right. Pearl Jam Twenty will have its world premiere at the 36th annual Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF lists the final running time at 120 minutes, but that’s not confirmed as of yet. Also, in addition to the previously announced Neil Young and Chris Cornell interviews, it seems that Kurt Cobain interview footage will also be present the film. It sounds like a great time to be in Toronto as Pearl Jam will be playing back to back concerts at the Air Canada Centre on September 11th and 12th.

Here's the synopsis:

Pearl Jam Twenty chronicles the years leading up to the band’s formation, the chaos that ensued soon-after their rise to megastardom, their step back from center stage, and the creation of a trusted circle that would surround them—giving way to a work culture that would sustain them. Told in big themes and bold colors with blistering sound, the film is carved from over 1,200 hours of rarely-seen and never-before seen footage spanning the band’s career. Pearl Jam Twenty is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam: part concert film, part intimate insider-hang, part testimonial to the power of music and uncompromising artists.

Interestingly enough, David Lynch kicks-off the trailer of all people. Watch it below. The song featured is PJ's "Given To Fly," which is likely this writer's -- not a huge fan of the band -- favorite song from the band, so perfect that they chose that one. Either way, this one looks like it will be fascinating if you're a hardcore fan or just a passerby.

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3 Comments

  • cirkusfolk | July 26, 2011 9:20 AMReply

    Did Crowe not edit the movie? What else is there to directing a documentary based on old footage than edit it? He says, "TIFF lists the runtime as 120 but thats not confirmed"...and "it seems the Kurt Cobain interview will also be present in the film" ... uh, doesn't he know how long his own movie is and what footage is or isn't in it? WTF

  • Mike_M | July 26, 2011 8:02 AMReply

    Cobain is, err was, a douche... excited to see this doc and to see what is on the soundtrack CD.

  • hank | July 26, 2011 6:54 AMReply

    interesting to see what Cobain footage they use, as he was outspoken in his dislike of the band.

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