Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Film about R.E.M. to Screen May 19

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Film about R.E.M. to Screen May 19

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In 1995 when R.E.M. played the then Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheatre in Burgettstown, 23,183 people squeezed into the outdoor seats and spilled across the lawn.

Fourteen-year-old Alexander Young was among them, thanks to his dad, who gave him and a pal a ride and then waited in the parking lot doing some paperwork. No one could have imagined that, nearly two decades later, the lifelong fan of R.E.M. would direct and produce a documentary telling the story of the band.

"Classic Music Series: R.E.M. by MTV" will screen for one night only at 7:30 p.m. May 19 at select theaters, including Cinemark at Monroeville Mall, in Robinson and at Pittsburgh Mills near Tarentum. See or for a full list of 300 participating theaters.

Mr. Young, the son of Edward and Rosemary Young of Chippewa, is a graduate of Blackhawk High School and Penn State University, where he majored in film and video.

Now 34, he works for MTV, and his "R.E.M." film is the fourth event in the "Classic Music Series" being presented by Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment. Tickets are $13 for children, $14 for seniors or students, and $15 for adults.

"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," longtime R.E.M. manager Bertis Downs said in announcing the event

Singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry formed R.E.M. in 1980, and the band released its first single weeks before MTV changed the face of music.

Happy 4th birthday

The Hollywood Theater in Dormont is throwing itself a birthday party Saturday night and plans to welcome Pittsburgh native and actor Tom Atkins and screen one of his many films, "Escape From New York."

Friends of the Hollywood Theater and First Commonwealth Dormont will mark four years since the theater reopened after fits and starts and decades in the community. …

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