Michael Stipe Talks About 'Collapse Into Now Film Project' at NYC Event
Michael Stipe Talks About 'Collapse Into Now Film Project'
Among the other pieces presented at the event were "Oh My Heart"; "Everyday is Yours to Win," featuring different people found on YouTube; and "Me, Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando and I" -- directed by Albert Maysles and Bradley Kaplan -- that used film footage of the actor taken by the Maysles Brothers back in 1965.
The film for the track 'Discoverer' was a collaboration between Stipe and his sister Lynda and employed the AutoCAD program to create the shapes and lines. "We just bastardized the hell out of it," Stipe recalled about that film. "When she showed it to me, my head exploded." He also spoke of the song 'Discoverer' in personal terms as his valentine to New York and recalled feeling like a country bumpkin in his early visits to the Big Apple.
In the Q&A with the audience that followed, one person asked the singer about a moving song that he would like to sing, to which Stipe replied 'Candy Says' by the Velvet Underground. Another audience member mentioned about the band's show in Chile in November 2008 when the news broke about Barack Obama winning the US presidency. "I actually cried on stage," Stipe said. "What a great triumphant step."
During the Q&A, a person asked Stipe about an accomplishment that he is most proud of. The singer mentioned his corner art project, which can be viewed on his web site 'Confessions of Michael Stipe.' "I'm so excited about them," he said. "I wake up with solutions to problems. I'm trying to be in the present at the moment."