The Cameron Crowe-directed documentary about the Seattle grunge rockers, Pearl Jam Twenty, is set to release in select theaters in September.
A press release states that Pearl Jam Twenty “gives fans and audiences an intimate first glimpse into Pearl Jam’s journey culled from more than 1,200 hours of rarely and never-before-seen footage, over 24 hours of recent interviews with the band, as well as live footage of their spellbinding concert performances.”
The documentary “chronicles the years leading up to the band’s formation, the chaos that ensued soon-after being catapulted into superstardom, their step back from the spotlight…and the creation of a trusted circle that would surround them,” as well as “celebrates the freedom that allows the band to make music without losing themselves, their fans, or the music lovers they’d always been.”
The film comes as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the band, who kicked off the year by releasing a live compilation album Live on Ten Legs, followed by expanded reissues of Vs. and Vitalogy in March. Pearl Jam will perform in Alpine Valley, Wisc., over Labor Day weekend, before heading on their ten-date Canadian tour.
After the theatrical release of Pearl Jam Twenty, the film will air on PBS in October before its DVD release at the end of the year.
Crowe, who has been a friend of the band since his days as a music journalist, said, “There is only one band of their generation for which a film like this could even be made, and I’m honored to be the one given the opportunity to make it.”