Rock documentary rides steel horse to Tribeca


Tribeca is giving itself a shot to the heart. The New York festival will unspool what is described as a work-in-progress documentary about Jon Bon Jovi.

Phil Griffin directed and produced the previously unknown pic, titled "When We Were Beautiful," which follows the musician and his band on their 2008 Lost Highway tour.

The movie will screen as the fest's centerpiece presentation April 29, with another pair of screenings scheduled during the following three days.

Described as a celebration of the quarter-century career of the chart-topping act, the film "susses out the secrets behind this legendary band's determined and charismatic leader Jon Bon Jovi" and his band members, the fest said.

Tribeca co-founder Jane Rosenthal said that "nothing says rock 'n' roll more than Bon Jovi," and Griffin, known as a director and photographer, added that the movie goes beyond a traditional concert doc to look at the complex relationships among band members during the group's history.

Bon Jovi has enjoyed unusual staying power in American pop culture. The band came to prominence in the mid-1980s by creating a type of music that made the more aggressive style of rock at that time palatable to mainstream audiences; it has been resurgent this decade with several top- selling albums.

Jon Bon Jovi has starred in a number of Hollywood features, including "U-571." The New Jersey rocker has a previous association with Tribeca, performing at its opening night two years ago as part of an environment-themed evening. (partialdiff)
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