This is Not a Press Release – details about REM doc


Sorry to just post this entire press release about the upcoming screening of “This is Not a Show,” the new REM concert documentary, but it really does sum it all up. “This is Not a Show” screens at the Film Forum October 23-25!

R.E.M., Warner Bros. Records, and Cinema Purgatorio Present Nationwide Sneak
Preview Screenings of Band`s Concert Documentary This Is Not A Show: Live at the
Olympia in Dublin

BURBANK, Calif.–(Business Wire)–
Warner Bros. Records and R.E.M. have teamed up with theatrical distributor
Cinema Purgatorio to present a series of sneak preview screenings of the band`s
concert documentary This Is Not A Show: Live at the Olympia in Dublin. The
60-minute film, which includes concert and backstage footage shot at the Irish
capital`s Olympia club by noted French filmmakers Vincent Moon and Jeremiah,
will screen in movie theaters, rock clubs, college campuses, and other venues
across the country throughout October and early November. Current shows are
listed at with dates
so far noted below. Cinema Purgatorio are actively soliciting suggestions for
more places to screen.

This Is Not A Show is the hour-long video portion of R.E.M. Live At the
Olympia-a brand-new live CD+DVD thatWarner Bros. Records will release on October
27th, 2009. The two-CD audio portion, produced by Jacknife Lee, features 39
songs that capture the best moments from the band`s “working rehearsals” at the
fabled Dublin venue during which singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and
bassist Mike Mills tested out new songs for R.E.M.`s 2008 studio album

Live At The Olympia ventures back to July 2007 when R.E.M. set up camp at the
Olympia Theatre and tested new material over five nights before fired-up,
capacity crowds comprised of fan-club members, friends, family, and fans from
all over the world who were privy to R.E.M.’s so-called “experiment in terror,”
as guitarist Peter Buck puts it. “We were just trying to do something we hadn’t
done before,” Buck says, “which meant there was no relaxing during the set.
Every second we were playing something we didn’t know all that well. Which was
kind of good – there were all kinds of terror elements going on during that

This Is Not A Show premiered in late September 2009 at the Sound Unseen festival
in Minneapolis. Below are also screening dates confirmed so far:

Cambridge, Massachusetts: IFF Boston at the Brattle, October 14, 9:30pm
Atlanta, Georgia: The Plaza, October 16, 7:30pm
Asbury Park, New Jersey: The ShowRoom, October 18, 9pm
Boise, Idaho: The Egyptian, October 22
Columbus, Ohio: The Drexel, October 22, 8pm
New Haven, Connecticut: Criterion Cinemas, October 23
Tempe, Arizona: Madcap Theatres, October 23
Columbia, South Carolina: The Nickelodeon, October 23
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois: Savoy 16, October 23-24
Bloomington, Indiana: The Ryder presents at IU Fine Arts Theatre, October 24
Montgomery, Alabama: The Capri Theatre, October 24, 9pm
New York, New York: Cinema Purgatorio at the Kraine Theatre, October 27
Los Angeles, California: Downtown Independent, October 27
Burlington, Vermont: UVM Davis Center, October 27, 8pm
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 941 Theater, November 1, 8pm
Dallas, Texas: Dallas Video Festival, November 5

In Athens, Georgia, R.E.M. has arranged an event at Hotel Indigo, October 26
In Seattle, Northwest Film Forum screens the film, October 23-25

Many more cities coming soon.
Don`t see a date near you? Suggest a show.

Get a sneak peak at This Is Not A Show: Live At the Olympia here:

Read about the film here:


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