Stone in New Film, Ed Tour Date Rumors

by Kathy Davis on March 16, 2011

Stone Gossard in Dig It! Film Premieres on Earth Day:

Back in September/October of 2008, Pearl Jam’s own Stone Gossard in conjunction with Timberland outdoor apparel company’s Earthkeepers project embarked on a tree-planting, urban renewal project called Dig It!, which harnessed local volunteers in New York, L.A. and San Francisco to plant trees in various areas that needed “greening” and improvement.  He planted trees personally, and then volunteers were treated to a musical showcase on the eve of the planting as a thank you.  Your editor Kathy planted trees in San Francisco, and enjoyed the show as well – and now the experience is being released on film!  Whole Foods’ “Do Something Reel” festival, which starts April 1st and will travel to 70 cities, will feature “Dig It”, which documents Stone’s experience, as well as 5 other “green-genre” films.  And lo and behold: the film is directed by none other than Danny Clinch himself. (We interviewed Danny in 2007 for TFT here).

About the film:

Dig It is a documentary that examines what happens when citizens, musicians, organizations, corporations, and government come together as one to solve environmental problems in their communities. Revolving around tree planting actions and beautification efforts in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, Dig it focuses on the convergence of different “modern day tribes” including what musicians can do for the environmental change with Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard, the rapidity of global warming with celebrated climate documentarian, James Balog, and Jeff Swartz, the CEO of Timberland shoe company, and their impact and influence for a better quality of life for all.

Dig It is directed by acclaimed photographer and film maker Danny Clinch.

Here is the trailer for “Dig It”:

The Whole Foods “Do Something Reel” Festival Info:

AUSTIN, Texas, March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Whole Foods Market, the leading retailer of natural and organic foods, announces the debut of its nationwide “Whole Foods Market Do Something Reel” Film Festival. The festival will launch April 1, 2011, and travel to 70 cities across the U.S. in celebration of Earth Month.

The film festival is a collection of six provocative, character-driven films that focus on food, environmental issues and everyday people with a vision of making a world of difference.

“Through our Whole Foods Market Do Something Reel Film Festival we want to raise awareness of environmental and food issues, and support filmmakers who are creating films that inspire people to question the impact our choices have on our health, body and environment,” said Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market. “We see film as an inspirational medium that can spark an active dialogue and encourage people to take action locally.”

Whole Foods Market is creating a grant program for filmmakers in the green film genre. A portion of all tickets sales from the “Whole Foods Market Do Something Reel” Film Festival will go towards a film production and development grant that will encourage filmmakers to continue making stories about the environment and the choices we make as consumers. Grants will be awarded for filmmakers at varying stages of development – from conception through completion.

Unlike larger destination festivals, “Whole Foods Markets Do Something Reel” Film Festival will be held in movie theaters across the country in communities near Whole Foods Market stores.  The festival will also feature filmmaker discussions, either in person or via Skype.

The six films chosen for the inaugural “Whole Foods Market Do Something Reel” Film Festival support the company’s mission and cover a broad range of provocative topics.

As part of the Festival, Whole Foods Market will also stream the documentary, “Dig It” on www.dosomethingreel.com on Earth Day, April 22. This energetic, call-to-action film features the members of the band Pearl Jam as they participate in tree-planting actions and beautification efforts in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

For additional information about the festival, a complete schedule of events in each of the 70 markets and details about the grant program, please visit www.dosomethingreel.com.

Eddie Vedder U.S. Solo Dates Strongly Rumored and Surfacing: Message boards and websites are lighting up with potential information on the likely soon-to-be-announced Eddie Vedder solo U.S. tour in support of his new “Uke Songs” album.   While we want to stress these are non-confirmed rumors, it seems they’ve come up often enough that we should at least mention them. So in an effort to help us all prepare our bank accounts and time off from work (:)), here is the information, from the best of our available research, and links to help you follow for yourself:

According to Official Message Board Post from ClockIsToTime, the live show “aid” website ThrillCall lists the below dates under artist Eddie Vedder:

from ThrillCall website

Hartford Venue The Bushnell website lists no announcment, however there is an “event” scheduled that night. You can check for yourself here.

The Tower Theatre, in Upper Darby is considered a Philadelphia venue, and as above, there is an “event”, but no announcement. Their info is here.

The Long Beach Convention Center is a multi-use facility, and their calendar of events can be found here. No listing yet.

The Wiltern, an Ed favorite, is now a Live Nation venue, and their event link is here. No listing yet.

The “grunge” news clearinghouse GrungeReport.com also posted a little more detail on a previously rumored Boston date:

Eddie Vedder – June 16th – Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre – Boston, MA

6/16/2011 at 7:30 pm

Fan Club Pre-Sale will run Monday, March 28th – Tuesday, March 29th.

Tickets: $78

The venue website had a listing for this show on its official site for 5 minutes, which has since been removed, but the link for events can be found here.

Again, these are all rumors, and there is a lot of room between shows, so it seems the Ten Club will undoubtedly be filling in the blanks very very soon!  For now, click the above links and check it out for yourselves.   See you on the road!

Together or alone, Pearl Jam – Rock!

Kathy Davis ( Twitter: @CrookedArm23 )
A Bay-Area based entrepreneur, co-editor Kathy conceives and writes her share of TFT’s articles and sections. She was co-editor/co-founder of one of the first Pearl Jam fanzines "Footsteps" (1992-1997). Kathy’s first Pearl Jam show was at the Bridge School Benefit on November 1, 1992.

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