Cameron Crowe's documentary "Twenty Pearl Jam" takes viewers on a 20-year journey behind the scenes with a group that reached the top of the Pantheon of Rock 'n' roll, while refusing to embrace the spotlight.
"It is more than just a rock documentary," Crowe says Oscar-winning film that reconstructed from more than 1200 hours of archival footage and recent interviews.
High as Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder slow dance with Nirvana Kurt Cobain below a stage as Eric Clapton plays "Tears in Heaven" above the low cross as the choking death of nine fans at Roskilde Group, the Denmark concert in 2000, all the two-hour film.
"I'm still emotionally down some of its parts," guitarist Mike McCready said in an interview with the rest of the band and following the Prime Minister Crowe Documentary Film Festival Toronto International (TIFF).
"I had to sit down a while ago because I was overwhelmed ... like a concert, but even more so."
Crowe, director of "Jerry Maguire" and a rock journalist in Seattle in 80 years, spent three years making the film. He hits cinema screens worldwide on September 20 for an evening showing, and then runs for a week in selected markets from September 23.
The Seattle-based group is also releasing a book of 384 pages and a soundtrack of 29 songs to mark its first two decades. A DVD of the documentary will follow with additional images.
There are points in the film where the group appears close to collapse, as in his fight against Ticketmaster in the mid-90s, or the tragedy of Roskilde, which drummer Matt Cameron said to him was the most heartbreaking to watch the movie.