R.E.M. Unveils One Video, Two Versions

 

See also: our R.E.M.
special in the new print edition of BLURT.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe and co-director Dominic
DeJoseph (who has directed previous films for R.E.M.) recruited actress Kirsten Dunst to star in one of the
videos for “We All Go Back To Where We Belong.” Dunst is a Golden
Globe-nominated performer who has starred in such movies as Sophia Coppola’s The
Virgin Suicides
, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Marie
Antoinette
, and the Spider-Man trilogy. She recently received the
Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress for her role in the current film Melancholia,
directed by Lars von Trier.

 

 

 

The other film stars iconic and legendary Dial-A-Poem
artist/poet/activist John Giorno.
Over the course of his notable career, Giorno has collaborated on several
acclaimed projects with such luminaries as William S. Burroughs, Patti Smith,
Laurie Anderson, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and Glenn Branca. His work
includes several books and multimedia poetry experiments and events. A
career-spanning collection of his poems, entitled Subduing Demons in America:
Selected Poems 1962-2007
was published in 2008. His first one-person
gallery show, entitled Black Paintings and Drawings, was mounted at the
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery in New York
in 2010.

 

 

 

Both black and white films for “We All Go Back To Where
We Belong” capture their subjects in stark relief using a strong key light
and shot with a stationary camera, an effect that Stipe describes as lending
“gravity and beauty” to the proceedings.

 

These videos arrive on the heels of last years’ successful Collapse
Into Now
Film Project, which featured films by artists for every song on
the album. Stipe said of the new project, “To be able to work with John
and Kirsten was a dream I carried since we recorded the song, and their
participation completes the song for me.”  

 

“We All Go Back To Where We Belong” is one of three new
tracks to be included on R.E.M.’s upcoming final album R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth,
Part Garbage, 1982 – 2011,
out Nov. 15. See the new print issue (Wilco cover) of
BLURT for a special R.E.M. feature.

 

 

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