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Silverdocs Bookends Fest with Music Docs 'Don't Stop Believin: Everyman's Journey,' Mumford & Sons' 'Big Easy Express'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 24, 2012 at 12:20PM

AFI-Discovery Channel's Silverdocs festival, in its tenth year, will open and close with music-themed documentaries. On June 18, Ramona Diaz's "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" will open, and Emmett Malloy's "Big Easy Express" will close the Washington, DC event on June 23.
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"Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey"
Docurama "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" is available on Docurama

AFI-Discovery Channel's Silverdocs festival, in its tenth year, will open and close with music-themed documentaries. On June 18, Ramona Diaz's "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" will open, and Emmett Malloy's "Big Easy Express" will close the Washington, DC event on June 23.

"Don't Stop Believin" tells the story of how the iconic band found their new lead singer, Filipino Arnel Pineda, via YouTube - an "inspiring rags-to-riches" story.

"Big Easy Express" celebrates the music of Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show during their journey from California to New Orleans via a six-stop train tour.

Silverdocs director Sky Sitney says the two "spirited" films "harness the passion and creativity of these musicians.” Trailers are below. Here's more on Silverdocs.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.