In an interview with Literary Mama
, Katherine Dieckmann recalled how she got the gig to direct the music video: "I was doing an interview with Michael Stipe of REM and we ended up becoming good friends. We loved the same films, photographs, and music and sort of came of age in our tastes around the same time, in our mid-twenties. He could see my frustration and took a leap of faith and asked me to direct the music video for REM's song 'Stand.'"
She continued: "I had no directing experience prior to making 'Stand' except for taking one 16 mm filmmaking course one summer at Cornell University, where some girlfriends and I made a short called I'm So Bored
. Also, I used to take lots of Polaroids of landscapes and found objects at that time, and a lot of that sensibility showed up in 'Stand.'"