R.E.M.'s Roadmovie Coming To Film Festivals

Concert film and new album due soon. Photo by Jay Blakesberg.

There are two versions of R.E.M.'s 1995 Monster tour

documentary, titled "Roadmovie." One, which will debut on August 16 at the

Edinburgh Film Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, is 90 minutes in length. That

version will be released as a home video in October. The other, 60 minute

version is expected to air on various broadcast and cable outlets in the coming

months. "Roadmovie" was directed by Peter Care, the guy who directed such

R.E.M. videos as "Man on the Moon" and "Radio Song." The film includes

performances from the last three shows of the tour, which took place in Atlanta

on Nov. 19, 20 and 22. Included are versions of "Losing My Religion," "What's

the Frequency, Kenneth," "Star 69" and alternate versions of three songs that

appear on the group's upcoming album, New Adventures In Hi-Fi. There

will not be a Roadmovie CD soundtrack released. A source close to the

band told ATN that the film documents the group's live performance, and

includes no backstage or interview material. "It has an R.E.M. sensibility

through and through, and it looks and sounds great," said our source. "It's

strictly a concert performance piece. It's not Don't Look Back."