The good folks at the SIFF Press Office sent out a memo today announcing that Stewart Copeland will not be attending the event "A Conversation With Stewart Copeland" or the screening of his film Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out, due to the death of his brother, Ian Copeland. Ian Copeland, a well-known agent and promotor who worked with bands such as R.E.M, Squeeze, and younger brother Stewart's band The Police, died last Tuesday of melanoma at the age of 57.
SIFF will go ahead with tonight's event, "A Conversation With Stewart Copeland", even though the event will no longer include Copeland. Instead: "Ben London, Executive Director of the Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy, will talk about Copeland's life and career, with clips and trailers, and read a statement from Mr. Copeland. The screening of Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out will follow."
SIFF will give vouchers good for a free regular screening to anyone attending the event. Refunds will be given at the box office to those who request it.