Julian Lennon's Room With a View

Launch April 19, 1999

Photograph Smile

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When Julian Lennon was ready to release Photograph Smile, his first album in seven years, he decided to form the Music From Another Room label, named for the indie film of the same name that used Lennon's song "Day After Day" as its theme. Now, ironically, Lennon's company is expanding into indie film as well, with Pictures From Another Room.

Pictures From Another Room is planning to release Eyes Of The Soul, an environmental film about indigenous tribes around the globe. Lennon says the film will explore the tribes' "connections with their beliefs and dreams and dolphins and whales, and how the whole mythology and the whole history comes to a focal point of belief and faith in hope and peace."

Lennon says one great experience while making Eyes Of The Soul occurred in Australia just before Christmas of last year, at an event called the Gathering at Whale Rock ("a rock that looks like a whale's tail, incredibly so"). "We flew between 20 and 40 elders of each tribe from across the globe, from the Amazon jungle to Japanese monks to you name it, and they all came together for two weeks, at a certain point in time when all the whales come together for breeding," recalls Lennon fondly. "It was the first time in history that all these people have come together and shared stories of their history, their past, and their hopes and dreams for the future." Sadly, one of the elders who attended the Gathering recently died, so the film will now be dedicated to him.

It's still uncertain as to how Eyes Of The Soul, which is currently being edited, will be released, and in what format. "We're looking at different formats for release, so whether it's going to be a Discovery Channel special or what I don't know," muses Lennon. "It could be an IMAX film--we're not sure yet, but we've talked about it."

This is hardly the first time Lennon has demonstrated an interest in environmental issues. His 1991 album Help Yourself featured the environmental awareness anthem "Saltwater"--which was a hit single in Europe--and his latest disc features another pro-environment number, "How Many Times?" He also recently performed at an event for the charity Do Something, and when he goes on tour to promote Photograph Smile, part of the proceeds of each date will go to local charities in each tour market.

"I didn't want to do the same-old, same-old tour just for the sake of making money. So the idea was to do a theater charity tour around the world, and that for at least one of the shows we play in any location, we would find out what the worst problem was, like homeless children, or children with AIDS, or abused children, or places where there's hospital machines that they can't afford. All we'd ask for at the front door is clothes, toys, and all that kind of stuff, or however much your conscience allows you to give. The only thing I get out of it is getting up onstage and singing. The other idea is actually to get in touch with all the local arts communities, and the foyers of all the theaters become galleries for the artists, either to sell for charities or just to get some recognition. That's the idea: to make it an event."

-- Lyndsey Parker, Los Angeles