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HEADLINE: V2 Records to Release Soundtrack to Upcoming Sean Penn/Michelle Pfeiffer Film 'I Am Sam' On January 8, 2001;
Soundtrack Features Acclaimed Contemporary Artists -Including Sarah McLachlan, Ben Harper, Eddie Vedder, The Black Crowes and Aimee Mann and Michael Penn -Performing Cover Versions of Classic Beatles Songs
DATELINE: NEW YORK, Nov. 12
V2 Records announced today a January 8th release date for the soundtrack to the upcoming New Line Cinema film, "I Am Sam," starring Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer.
"I Am Sam" tells the compelling story of Sam Dawson (Penn), a mentally-challenged father who enlists the aid of attorney Rita Harrison (Pfeiffer) to help regain custody of his seven year-old daughter after she is taken away from him and placed in foster care. Directed and co-written by Jessie Nelson, "I Am Sam" is produced by Nelson and Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz and Richard Solomon of the Bedford Falls Company. The film will be released in New York and Los Angeles on December 28th and wide on January 11th, 2002.
Throughout the film, Penn's character Sam is constantly referencing the musicians and the music of the Beatles to guide him in his experiences. With this in mind, the entire sountrack is comprised of top artists performing personal renditions of classic Beatles songs. V2 Records accepted the challenge of creating a soundtrack that captures the heart of the movie and assembled a roster of artists that includes Aimee Mann and Michael Penn collaborating on "Two of Us," Ben Harper performing "Strawberry Fields Forever," and Sarah McLachlan performing a stirring rendition of "Blackbird." Additional artists on the soundtrack include The Black Crowes, The Wallflowers, Ben Folds, Rufus Wainright and Sheryl Crow, among others.
Produced by Kate Hyman and Jon Sidel from V2 Records and the film's director/co-writer Jessie Nelson, the soundtrack to "I Am Sam" serves as the ideal complement to the emotionally moving experience of the movie. The task of selecting the line-up of performers was not easy as every artist who watched the movie and heard about the plans for the soundtrack wanted to take part. After many submissions and many decisions, Kate, Jon and Jessie came up with what V2 Records and New Line Cinema believe to be the perfect mix of artists and music.
"I hope that when one listens to the soundtrack they will draw from it the artists' inspirations from the movie and their affection for the music. That what makes this collection of songs special is the way each artist was able to take a Beatles classic and make it their own," stated V2 President Andy Gershon.
A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the I Am Sam soundtrack will be donated to LA Goal, a non-profit organization founded in 1969 that serves adults with developmental disabilities. Money is raised via donations and from the sale of artwork that is created by members of LA Goal.
For more information on LA Goal, please contact: Petite Konstantine at (310) 838-5274
Track listing -
1 - The Wallflowers - "I'm Looking Through You"
2. Aimee Man and Michael Penn - "Two Of Us"
3. Sarah Mclachlan - "Blackbird"
4. Rufus Wainwright - "Across The Universe"
5. Ben Harper - "Strawberry Fields Forever"
6. Eddie Vedder - "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away"
7. Ben Folds - "Golden Slumbers"
8. Stereophonics - "Don't Let Me Down"
9. The Vines - "I'm Only Sleeping"
10. Howie Day - "Help"
11. The Black Crowes - "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"
12. Grandaddy - "Revolution"
13. Chocolate Genius - "Julia"
14. Paul Westerberg - "Nowhere Man"
15. Heather Nova - "We Can Work It Out"
16. Nick Cave - "Let It Be"
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SOURCE V2 Records
CONTACT: Sid McCain of V2 Records - NY, +1-212-320-8519, Sid.McCain@V2music.com; John Smith of New Line Cinema - LA, +1-310-967-6648, or Clare Anne Darragh of New Line Cinema - NY, +1-212-649-4921