Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields

SYNOPSIS

Ten years in the making, Strange Powers is an intimate documentary portrait of songwriter Stephin Merritt and his band The Magnetic Fields.

With his unique gift for memorable melodies, lovelorn lyrics and wry musical stylings that blend classic Tin Pan Alley with modern sounds, Stephin Merritt has distinguished himself as one of contemporary pop's most beloved and influential artists. Both a prolific recording artist and composer of theater and film scores, he performs most famously as the Magnetic Fields, whose 1999 three-disc opus 69 Love Songs is widely considered a masterpiece of traditional song craft and irresistible synthpop.

Strange Powers explores Merritt's songwriting and recording process, and focuses on his relationships with his bandmates and his longtime manager, Claudia Gonson, revealing an artist who has produced one of the most engaging and confounding bodies of work in the contemporary American songbook.

CAST

THE MAGNETIC FIELDS:
STEPHIN MERRITT
CLAUDIA GONSON
SAM DAVOL
JOHN WOO
PETER GABRIEL (musician)
DANIEL HANDLER (author of Lemony Snicket)
ETHAN COHN (Alice in Wonderland)
SARAH SILVERMAN (comedian)
CARRIE BROWNSTEIN (from Sleater Kinney)

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

The documentary celebrated its World Premiere at the 2010 South by Southwest film festival and has since been selected to screen at film festivals throughout Europe, North America and Canada. Strange Powers was released on UK VOD platforms on 8 February 2011.

DIRECTOR

KERTHY FIX (Le Tigre: On Tour), GAIL O'HARA

PRODUCERS

KERTHY FIX, GAIL O'HARA, ​ALAN OXMAN (Hot Coffee, Control Room, Happiness)

 

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