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ALT-ROCK BAND PLUMB'S LEAD SINGER SIGNS ON TO CUT
Plumb’s Tiffany Arbuckle Lee joins fellow musician Shirley Manson, of Garbage, in film on self harm
Plumb’s alt-rock frontwoman and Curb Records’ recording artist Tiffany Arbuckle Lee was like most people – unaware that as many as four in 100 people will harm themselves in their lifetimes.
That is, until some of the teens on her Internet bulletin board started posting about it.
The singer says one board’s post on the topic of cutting got more than 5,000 responses. The raw honesty of the messages on her site has led her to become an advocate for teens experiencing self-harm. She recorded a song called “Cut” for her latest album, Chaotic Resolve, and has appeared on national television, including on CNN, to discuss the issue.
Wendy Schneider, the Madison, Wis.-based producer of a documentary called CUT: Teens and Self Injury, caught up with Arbuckle Lee at a recent tour stop and filmed an interview for inclusion in the documentary, slated for a fall 2006 release. Schneider’s film will also feature Plumb’s song and video, which has touched thousands of self injurers since its debut at number nine on Billboard’s Dance Chart.
“That message board is evidence that teens are looking for a safe place to talk,” Schneider said. “Plumb's song lets people know they're not suffering alone, and it can spark those conversations. I hope this film does that too.”
Arbuckle Lee joins Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson, herself a survivor of self-harm. "This is a subject that has long been swept under the carpet,” said Manson. “It needs to be talked about, and it needs to be talked about now.”
Manson appears in CUT courtesy of Geffen Records. Arbuckle Lee appears courtesy of Curb Records.
About the Filmmaker
New York native Wendy Schneider started as a bike messenger for a multimedia production company at 17. Eight years later, she was creative director of audio production, creating projects for major corporate clients that included the National Geographic Society and the International Center for Photography. In 1989, she produced her first audio documentary to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the deaths of civil rights activists Goodman, Schwerner and Chaney for People for the American Way. That experience led her to eschew the corporate life and move to the Midwest to attend the University of Wisconsin in 1990. She has lived in Madison ever since.
Schneider is currently owner and chief engineer at Coney Island Recording Studios, producing for independent record labels and regional artists. She is also founder of Sparkle Dog®, a company formed to produce “Storyscapes®,” narratives for children set to original music on CD, as well as accompanying educational materials.
CUT is her first film.