‘R.E.M. by MTV’ Hits U.S. Movie Theaters for
One Night on Tuesday, May 19
Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment Bring Alexander Young’s Acclaimed Documentary to the Big Screen
DENVER – April 21, 2015 – I want my REMTV! Fathom Events, in partnership with Rhino Entertainment, announced today the next concert event in the “Classic Music Series” — Classic Music Series: R.E.M. by MTV. Coming to select U.S. movie theaters nationwide on Tuesday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. (local time), R.E.M. by MTV, tells the story of thirty years of the GRAMMY® Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers from their early days in Athens, GA through to stadium tours around the world. Drawing on archival footage from the MTV vaults, the film traces R.E.M. in real time, which makes it feel as exciting and immediate as it did when it was happening. This exclusive cinema event includes famous R.E.M. interviews with Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart, television performances, award show appearances, clips from live concerts and more.
Tickets for “R.E.M. by MTV” are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. The event will be presented in approximately 300 select movie theaters around the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
“Alexander Young’s documentary is a fine way to tell the story of R.E.M. through its various twists and turns, as captured in real time by MTV’s cameras– it has some great funny bits too!” said longtime R.E.M. manager Bertis Downs.
MTV and R.E.M. came of age together and for decades were inexorably intertwined. Singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry formed R.E.M. in 1980, with the band releasing its first single just weeks before MTV hit the airwaves in 1981. From the start, MTV documented R.E.M,’s music and stories, and ultimately, their decision to disband in 2011. R.E.M. by MTV, a feature-length documentary directed by Alexander Young, compiles footage from the vaults of MTV and their domestic and international sister networks to tell the group’s tale from start to end.
Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh-Owens said, “We are pleased to bring this event to select cinemas nationwide. ‘R.E.M. by MTV’ is a fascinating documentary that perfectly traces not only the entire career of one of the most influential alternative rock acts, but the network that changed how fans saw their favorite bands.”
This is the fourth event in the “Classic Music Series,” following the successful “Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014” in February, “Classic Music Series: Led Zeppelin” in March and Grateful Dead Annual Meet Up in May. The series will continue to feature at least one iconic band each month.
For artwork/photos related to “R.E.M. by MTV” visit the Fathom Events press site.
About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is the recognized leader in the alternative entertainment industry, offering a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, the performing arts, major sporting events, music concerts, comedy series, Broadway shows, original programming featuring entertainment’s biggest stars, socially relevant documentaries with audience Q&A and much more. Fathom Events takes audiences behind-the-scenes and offers unique extras, creating the ultimate entertainment experience. It is owned by a consortium called AC JV, LLC., comprised of AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), the three largest movie theater circuits in the United States. In addition, Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live events to more than 775 locations in 171 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
About Rhino Entertainment
Based in Burbank, California, Warner Music Group’s Rhino Entertainment was founded in 1978 and is the world’s leading pop culture label. Emphasizing flawless sound quality, bonus tracks, informative liner notes, award-winning creative packaging, an offbeat sense of humor, and a strong social conscience, Rhino continues to set the standard for excellence in the reissue business it pioneered in both the physical and digital worlds. Rhino is also expanding the definition of what a catalog music company is, as evidenced by the label’s name and likeness representation deal with Frank Sinatra and its multi-faceted relationship with Grateful Dead. The vast Rhino catalog of more than 5,000 titles features material by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, The Doors, Chicago, Black Sabbath, John Coltrane, Yes, Alice Cooper, Linda Ronstadt, The Ramones, The Monkees, Carly Simon, Curtis Mayfield, among many others.