Every song on the new R.E.M. album, "Collapse Into Now," will be accompanied by a short film created by 11 different filmmakers, among them documentarian Albert Maysles and Michael Stipe himself. Actor James Franco directs two of the films, for "That Someone is You" and "Blue."
Stipe personally curated the Collapse Into Now Film Project. The band's website, remhq.com, will release details about when and where the films will be available for viewing over the next several weeks.
Warner Bros. Records will release R.E.M.'s "Collapse Into Now" on Tuesday. The album is currently streaming on NPR.
The directors for each song are Michael Stipe and Lynda Stipe ("Discoverer"); James Herbert ("All the Best"); Sam Taylor-Wood ("Uberlin"); Jem Cohen ("Oh My Heart"); Tom Gilroy ("It Happened Today"); Jim McKay, Chris Moukarbel and Valerie Veatch ("Every Day is Yours to Win"); Dominic DeJoseph ("Mine Smell Like Honey"); Sophie Calle ("Walk It Back"); Lance Bangs ("Alligator_Autopilot_Antimatter"); James Franco ("That Someone is You," "Blue"); and Albert Maysles and Bradley Kaplan ("Me, Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando and I").