Friday, April 22, 2011

Movie Talk

Two quick updates on movies featuring Pearl Jam.

You can see Stone in the documentary, Dig It!, streaming now at

... And, Rolling Stone got a little bit of info out of Cameron Crowe about the upcoming PJ20 movie [and his Elton John documentary, The Union].

Capturing the sessions for The Union was simpler because it was just "one creative burst," Crowe said. Pearl Jam Twenty, as the title indicates, encapsulates 20 years. Crowe was handed around 18 to 20 hours of footage to whittle down, and then he added new material shot over the last year and a half.

"It's the best souvenirs of the past," Crowe said. "Some fabled footage you've heard exists but have never seen, and some interviews. So while The Union was, 'How do we buff up thecinéma vérité?', Pearl Jam Twenty is, 'How do we do The Kids Are Alright of Pearl Jam, and sonic blast the best stuff?' It's a wider scope."
The subjects for each doc also have different relationships with the camera. "For Elton, the camera is a buddy," the director said. "Pearl Jam is not prone to opening the curtain the same way, and that is the challenge and delight of it."