Michael Stipe was a student in James Herbert’s art class at the University of Georgia in the early 80s, and after Stipe formed R.E.M. with fellow Georgia students, Herbert directed a number of the band’s classic videos, including “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine),” “Pretty Persuasion,” “Driver 8” “Feeling Gravity’s Pull,” “Green Grow the Rushes,” “Turn You Inside Out,” and “Low.”
Four of Herbert’s short films, Cantico (1982), Frontier (1984), Piano (1988) and Soundings (1986) screen Friday at 8 p.m. at Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark St.
According to Chicago Filmmakers’ web site, these four films “have the style and themes of his later work: beautiful young couples naked, sunlit, and embracing in sumptuous environments. The scenarios are not especially sexual, but focus on the thrill and confusion of young adulthood in carefully crafted fragments and vignettes.”