Director: Doug Hamilton
Producer: Ira Pittelman
Featuring: Billie Joe Armstrong, Michael Mayer, Mike Dirnt, Tre Cool
Distributor: Film Buff
Release date: Oct. 10 (CBGB Film Festival), Oct. 11 (New York, on-demand), Oct. 15 (eight one-nighters), Oct. 18 (additional cities)
Running Time: 81 Minutes
Catharsis has rarely been captured better than in director Doug Hamilton's shots of an awestruck Billie Joe Armstrong in the few seconds after he hears an ensemble of actors perform songs from Green Day's "American Idiot." It's an early scene in "Broadway Idiot," a chronicling of the path of musical "American Idiot" from a Berkeley, Calif., rehearsal stage to Broadway in 2010 -- and the one that alerts viewers the film will be a rock'n'roller's journey as much as it is about the theater.
Thankfully, Armstrong wears his heart on his sleeve and never shies from expressing the emotions that come when an artist from one discipline attempts to venture into another. For the actors, producers and musical talent, it's about the creation of a show; for Armstrong, it's about community and camaraderie.
Full review at Billboard: HERE