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Pearl Jam Twenty 

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Pearl Jam emerged from Seattle's burgeoning grunge scene in the early 1990s and climbed to and maintained super rockstar status, selling more than 60 albums worldwide. Early on, members of the band befriended precocious Rolling Stone journalist Cameron Crowe, author of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and writer/director of Jerry McGuire, Say Anything and the semi-autobiographical Almost Famous. For this film commemorating the band's 20 years together, Crowe filmed new interviews and culled rarely seen footage from the band's career. Throughout its history, Pearl Jam maintained control of many aspects of its management and distribution and achieved a level of autonomy that also allowed it to maintain some privacy (or what's possible for a famous rock band). That's led to the buzz about this project, and the film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last week. It screens at select national theaters on Sept. 20 for one night only (two showings). Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center hosts the only screening in Louisiana, and Zeitgeist founder Rene Broussard reports that his theater is one of eight nationally that will be allowed to run the film for a week (Sept. 23-27). — Will Coviello

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