Michael Stipe

Michael Stipe

Highest Rated: 94% American Movie (1999)

Lowest Rated: 9% Memorial Day (2008)

Birthday: Jan 4, 1960

Birthplace: Decatur, Georgia, USA

Singer/songwriter Michael Stipe has often said that he would have gone into filmmaking had he not joined the rock group R.E.M., and in the late 1990s Stipe fulfilled his wish, asserting himself as a successful independent film producer.Stipe first demonstrated an affinity for the moving image through R.E.M.'s music videos, employing photographers and painters such as James Herbert, Matt Mahurin, and Robert Longo to bring his ideas to fruition. In 1988, Longo recruited Stipe for Arena Brains, an extended performance piece in which the singer portrayed a sage "observer" character wandering through New York City in search of a cheese sandwich. His acting bug continued into the 1990s, as he made a memorable appearance on the Nickelodeon program The Adventures of Pete and Pete and took time out between tours to shoot a supporting role in the ethereal period film Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (1996), director Christopher Munch's follow-up to The Hours and Times. Also around the turn of the decade, Stipe and longtime friend and filmmaker Jim McKay created C-Hundred, a film collective devoted to producing videos, public-service announcements, and micro-budgeted shorts and features. Though satisfied with the work that C-Hundred was producing, Stipe longed to break into wider-release Hollywood productions, and in 1993 he founded Single Cell Productions. The company began to attach itself to several high-profile productions, and in 1997 Stipe inked a two-picture development deal with USA Films. Somewhat fittingly, the singer's first executive producer credit was for 1998's Velvet Goldmine, director Todd Haynes' florid, nostalgic examination of a fictional glam rock icon. Single Cell then delivered two of the following year's most acclaimed releases: American Movie, a documentary profile of a would-be horror filmmaker from Milwaukee; and the darkly comic fantasy Being John Malkovich. For the latter film, Stipe championed a colleague from his rock career, music video auteur Spike Jonze, to direct. Malkovich met with near-universal critical praise and garnered an Academy Award nomination for the neophyte feature director -- as well as supporting actress Catherine Keener and writer Charlie Kaufman -- though Stipe and the film itself were passed over for a Best Picture nod.Despite Single Cell's increasing prominence in the industry, Stipe continued to support C-Hundred for smaller-budgeted niche features such as writer-director Tom Gilroy's Spring Forward and McKay's coming-of-age drama Our Song, both of which were featured at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. Single Cell, meanwhile, had a hand in bringing Mary Harron's satirical interpretation of American Psycho to the screen -- and backed director Jill Sprecher's follow-up to 1997's Clockwatchers, titled 13 Conversations About One Thing.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet R.E.M. by MTV Actor 2014
No Score Yet Me At The Zoo Executive Producer 2013
No Score Yet Fourplay: Tampa Executive Producer 2012
28% Slacker Uprising Actor 2008
9% Memorial Day Executive Producer 2008
No Score Yet MoveOn: The Movie Actor 2008
69% Room Executive Producer 2006
No Score Yet The Work of Director Stéphane Sednaoui Actor 2005
No Score Yet Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day Skeeter 2004
61% Saved! Producer $8.8M 2004
67% Everyday People Executive Producer 2004
No Score Yet R.E.M.: In View - The Best of R.E.M. - 1988-2003 Actor 2003
No Score Yet 1 Giant Leap Actor 2002
83% Thirteen Conversations About One Thing Executive Producer $3.1M 2001
No Score Yet Stranger Inside Producer 2001
91% Our Song Executive Producer 2001
81% The Sleepy Time Gal Producer 2001
88% Spring Forward Executive Producer 2000
No Score Yet Olive, the Other Reindeer Actor 1999
94% American Movie Producer 1999
93% Being John Malkovich Producer 1999
No Score Yet Parallel Dual Actor 1999
No Score Yet Montreux Dream Actor 1999
57% Velvet Goldmine Executive Producer 1998
80% Anthem Actor 1997
20% Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day Actor 1996
No Score Yet R.E.M. - Parallel Actor 1995
No Score Yet Adventures of Pete & Pete, The - Classic Petes Actor 1994
No Score Yet No Alternative Director 1993
No Score Yet R.E.M.: Pop Screen Director Actor 1990
No Score Yet Indigo Girls: Live at the Uptown Lounge Actor 1990
No Score Yet Athens, Ga.: Inside/Out Actor 1987


No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Guest 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Performer 2016
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
Guest 2014
No Score Yet Colbert Report
Performer 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Guest 2011
No Score Yet The Cleveland Show
Voice 2011
No Score Yet POV
Appearing 2009
No Score Yet Real Time with Bill Maher
Guest 2006
No Score Yet Austin City Limits
Performer 2005
No Score Yet Iconoclasts
Appearing Guest 2005
85% The Simpsons
Voice 2001


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