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Palm Music Video in the Grammy Race

31 Jan, 2003 By: Jessica Wolf

In a rare interview that appears on Palm Pictures' 1 Giant Leap, the eclectic music video documentary project that defies simple description, author Kurt Vonnegut says: “Music for me is proof of the existence of God.”

The project -- born from British musicians/filmmakers Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman, who traveled to 25 countries, creating music on high-tech portable computer technology and shooting footage on digital video cameras -- is up for two Grammy awards: one in the long-form category for the DVD itself and one in the short-form category for one of the music videos on the DVD, “My Culture” by Robbie Williams and Maxi Jazz.

Palm Pictures, which distributes both the 1 Giant Leap DVD and the companion CD, was also nominated last year for its documentary Rebel Music: The Bob Marley Story. Paul DeGooyer, Palm Pictures' general manager, said this year's nominations are especially gratifying.

“Its good to get the recognition for the long form, but it's also good to be right up there against Eminem in the music video category,” DeGooyer said. “One campaign we ran was: ‘Can music really make a difference?' We think it can.”

1 Giant Leap has become something of a rallying force for celebrity political activists like Susan Sarandon, whose group Win Without War incorporated parts of the DVD into a recent New York gathering, and Robert Kennedy Jr., who will use scenes from the DVD during his speech at a New York conference for the environmental group The River Keepers, DeGooyer said.

1 Giant Leap is one of those things you have to really see to fully understand, he said.

“It's very hard to describe,” DeGooyer said. “It's an experience that's best had on DVD and, in fact, is one that you can only have on DVD. It is a trip around the world at 3,200 miles an hour, talking to some pretty interesting people -- from Michael Stipe to Kurt Vonnegut -- about music, about time, sex, inspiration, unity -- everything.”

The 1 Giant Leap CD was released in April 2002 and spent more than 10 weeks on the CMJ New World Music Chart. The DVD was released in September 2002.

For the Grammy in the long-form category, 1 Giant Leap is up against Westway to the World from The Clash, The World According to Nappy from Nappy Roots, the compilation Welcome to the Club: The Women of Rockabilly, and Live at The Albert from Robbie Williams.

In the short-form music video category, 1 Giant Leap is up against “Without Me” by Eminem, “Days Go By” by Dirty Vegas, “Knoc” by Knock-Turn'Al with Dr. Dre and Missy Elliott, and “One Mic” by Nas.

The Grammy Awards show airs Feb. 23.

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