LOS ANGELES, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- "Here," a new original song by legendary singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, officially debuted on July 24, 2009 with the release of the motion picture Shrink, starring Academy Award(R)-winning actor Kevin Spacey. Serving as dramatic punctuation, "Here" runs over the end title credits, beginning when the screen goes dark at the narrative's conclusion. Following its initial limited run in select theatres in New York and Los Angeles, Shrink--from Roadside Attractions--will be released in 12 major U.S. markets on July 31, 2009.
Jackson Browne is regularly cited as contemporary music's quintessential confessional singer-songwriter, making his contribution to Shrink an ideal fit. Commenting on "Here," Browne said, "The song is about two characters in the film who are struggling to accept what has happened in their lives. It's about trying to be here in the present, even if you don't really care for the present."
Directed by Jonas Pate (Deceiver) and written by Thomas Moffett, the film centers on Spacey as pot-smoking "shrink-to-the-stars" Henry Carter, the connecting point between what Variety called, "an impressive cast playing an asylum's worth of disturbed Hollywood types." Personal tragedy and a challenging pro bono case has Carter spinning off-balance and losing control, both in his own life and in relation to his A-list clientele.
Shrink premiered in January 2009 at Sundance; the festival's write-up said, "Performed by a well-matched cast at the top of their form, the result is both satisfying and exhilarating. Watching Shrink makes us feel like voyeurs looking through a window into the lives of people who look great, feel worse, and end up behaving badly." In addition to Spacey, the cast features Saffron Burrows, Jack Huston, Robert Loggia, Keke Palmer, Pell James, Mark Webber, and Dallas Roberts, among others.
Jackson Browne signed on to compose the closing song for Shrink after seeing a cut of the film following its Sundance premiere. Written on the road, "Here" was recorded in early 2009 during a break from Browne's world tour in support of his 2008 album Time The Conqueror. The album is out on the artist's own independent label Inside Recordings, and was produced by Browne and Paul Dieter.
Since kicking off in the U.S. in September 2008, the Time The Conqueror World Tour has encompassed legs in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. and Europe. Currently, Browne is in the middle of a two-month summer 2009 North American itinerary, which will conclude the tour. Also in '09, Browne and his band were featured as the summer season opener for PBS Television's nationally syndicated program Soundstage, which noted, "Rock's poet laureate Jackson Browne delivers a remarkable performance featuring tracks from his latest recording. . .as well as hits from his previous 11 studio albums."
Since his acclaimed 1972 self-titled debut album, Jackson Browne has defined a genre of songwriting and performing that is charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. Two of his albums, Late For the Sky and The Pretender, are on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time." He's been recognized with inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2004) and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame (2007), with recent humanitarian honors including the John Steinbeck Award and the Chapin-World Hunger Year Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award. www.jacksonbrowne.com
ABOUT ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS
Roadside Attractions is a film distribution company committed to championing independent films with a willingness to entertain. The company works with filmmakers to devise innovative marketing strategies that encourage audiences to see films that are not typical studio fare. Roadside Attractions' current releases include the critically acclaimed GOODBYE SOLO by Ramin Bahrani, winner of the 2008 Venice Film Festival's FIPRESCI International Critics' prize, recent releases include the 3D animated family action adventure BATTLE FOR TERRA, and Kevin Spacey's SHRINK, upcoming releases include RJ Cutler's much anticipated documentary THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE, and the Sundance Audience award winning documentary THE COVE.
Previous theatrical releases include Patrick Creadon's Sundance sensation I.O.U.S.A; Toronto Film Festival People's Choice winner, BELLA; Andrew Wagner's Spirit Award-nominated STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING; Tarsem's groundbreaking visual marvel THE FALL; the outrageous comedy SARAH SILVERMAN: JESUS IS MAGIC; Cannes Directors Fortnight hit CARAMEL; Academy Award(R) nominee SUPER SIZE ME; Spirit Award winner THE ROAD TO GUANTANAMO, as well as box office hits such as AMAZING GRACE, LADIES IN LAVENDER and WHAT THE BLEEP DO WE KNOW?
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