New York, NY (April 3, 2006)–To raise awareness of the challenges that Hurricane Katrina survivors are still facing, and to raise dollars to help them in their plight, Michael Stipe has recorded a half dozen versions of In The Sun, available for download at iTunes, with friends including Chris Martin from Coldplay, Joseph Arthur, who penned the powerful anthemic ballad, James Iha, formerly of The Smashing Pumpkins, will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas, and Justin Timberlake.
In addition to the recordings, Stipe’s efforts will receive worldwide exposure through a 15-minute film, In The Sun: Michael Stipe and Special Guests, that will premiere on the Sundance Channel tonight (Monday, April 3) at 9:00 pm, and will repeat numerous times throughout the month. A 40-minute version of the program is also slated to air on the Sundance Channel at a future date.
The 15-minute documentary short version of In The Sun: Michael Stipe and Special Guests is the story of a song, the story of a region, and the story our ability as a community to care for our own. This film focuses on the musicians, the tune, and the genesis of the project. Much of the narrative features interviews with Michael Stipe, Joseph Arthur, James Iha, Chris Martin, will.i.am, historian Douglas Brinkley, hurricane survivors and volunteers helping with the recovery efforts, and chronicles the current state of devastation along the Gulf Coast.
Director and acclaimed rock photographer Danny Clinch, of Three On The Tree Productions (New York, NY), wanted Fluid’s Bruce Ashley to cut this new documentary. The two had recently collaborated on Bruce Springsteen’s Grammy-nominated Devils & Dust (Columbia Records) DualDisc, which featured the first live performances of Devils & Dust material, each with Springsteen’s extensive, personal introductions.