Albert Maysles part of R.E.M. video project

The legendary documentarian and filmmaking partner Bradley Kaplan join James Franco and Lance Bangs, among other directors, in a project for the band's upcoming release Collapse Into Now.
March 7, 2011

(Photo: Anton Corbijn)

Legendary documentarian Albert Maysles and filmmaking partner Bradley Kaplan are directing a video for a track from the upcoming R.E. M. album, as part of a special video project that will be presented at SXSW this year.

The track, “Me, Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando and I”, is featured on Collapse Into Now, the new R.E. M. album to be released on March 8 in North America and March 7 in the UK. The band’s vocalist, Michael Stipe (center in picture), commissioned several directors to take a stab at each of the album’s tracks. Other helmers involved include frequent R.E.M. collaborators James Herbert and Jem Cohen, director/cinematographer Lance Bangs, conceptual artist Sam Taylor-Wood and actor/recent Oscar host James Franco.

Films from the project will be aired at a session at South by Southwest on March 16, to be followed by a Q&A with Stipe. The band also plans to distribute the videos via assorted web and broadcast outlets.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.