Verve Pipe Frontman Garners Film Role, Band Headed To Studio

Verve Pipe singer Brian Vander Ark will start shooting his second indie film, "The Space Between Us," later this month in San Francisco with writer/director Matthew Leutwyler.

The strapping blond frontman is set to play a gang-banger turned graffiti artist in the dramatic comedy. Vander Ark, who's friends with the film's producers, previously acted in "Road Kill," a movie that is still in search of a distributor.

The Verve Pipe plans to start work on its new album in New York with producer Michael Beinhorn, who, as we previously reported (see "Manson Taps Studio Ace ..."), has worked with Soundgarden, Ozzy Osbourne and Hole, and who is currently behind the boards for the new Marilyn Manson album.

The Verve Pipe also recently recorded a song called "1229 Sheffield" for the soundtrack to the film "Clay Pigeons," which stars Janeane Garofalo, Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix.

In his own

right, Vander Ark just completed another song, "Blow You Away," with Andy Partridge of XTC for the forthcoming "Avengers" soundtrack.