Variance Films has acquired North American theatrical rights for Kerthy Fix and Gail O’Hara’s documentary “Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields.” After debuting at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival, it has screened at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Florida International Film Festival, the Independent Film Festival of Boston, BAFICI in Buenos Aries, and the ongoing Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, with upcoming screenings at Seattle, London, Athens, and Outfest Film Festivals.
The film is a portrait of songwriter Stephin Merritt and his band the Magnetic Fields. It explores Merritt’s songwriting and recording process, and focuses on his relationships with his bandmates and longtime manager Claudia Gonson, and features appearances by Stephin Merritt, Magnetic Fields performers Claudia Gonson, John Woo, Sam Davol, Shirley Simms, and Daniel Handler, and interviews with Sarah Silverman, Carrie Brownstein, Neil Gaiman, and Peter Gabriel.
Variance will release the film to theaters across the United States and Canada this fall in conjunction with the filmmakers, it was announced by Dylan Marchetti, President of Variance Films.
“I’ve changed my views on romance, love, and life repeatedly over the last thirteen years, but one thing that has remained constant is that the music of the Magnetic Fields hasn’t left my headphones the entire time,” said Marchetti in a statement. “’Strange Powers’ encompasses everything about Stephin and the band that I hoped it, and the years of work Kerthy and Gail have put in are apparent from the first scene. It will delight fans and non-fans (who I consider future fans) alike.”
“Powers” was produced by Fix, O’Hara, and Alan Oxman, and executive produced by Fix, Paul Kloss, and Pamela Tanner Boll. The film will open Wednesday, October 27th at New York’s Film Forum, with additional runs across the U.S. and Canada to be announced.