FIX FILMS and Gail O’Hara
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kerthy Fix, Fix Films, (917) 653-2753, firstname.lastname@example.org or Gail O’Hara, gail at chickfactor.com
Fix Films and Gail O’Hara to release acclaimed doc Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields on DVD
Festival and cinema favorite to release to DVD May 23rd, 2011
May 5, 2011 Producer-directors Kerthy Fix and Gail O’Hara are releasing their acclaimed documentary STRANGE POWERS: STEPHIN MERRITT AND THE MAGNETIC FIELDS on DVD.
Following a successful 30-city theatrical release by Variance Films, a cable Video-On-Demand release with Cinetic/FilmBuff in the U.S, a digital release in South America with 791cine and a digital release with the Independent Film Company in the U.K., the documentary will have a free screening in New York hosted by Telegraph 21 and the Big Screen Project to kick off the DVD release
STRANGE POWERS will be presented in New York at 7:00pm on Monday, May 23 at the Big Screen Project, a 30 ft by 16 ft HD LED screen located on a public plaza adjacent to the Hotel Eventi and Bar Basque and FoodParc restaurants at 839 Avenue of the Americas (29th St.). DVDs will be available on-site as well as online at http://www.strangepowersfilm.
Food is available at the hotel’s futuristic Jetsons-style Foodparc, as well as in the more upscale Bar Basque. In an unusual twist, viewers will also be able to watch the film from the Eventi Hotel’s second floor lounge while sipping cocktails. Sound for the movie will be available via outdoor speakers as well as via headsets that will be handed out indoors.
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 songcraft and irresistible synthpop.
STRANGE POWERS explores Merritt’s songwriting and recording process, and focuses on his relationships with his bandmates and 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.
“Stephin and I have spent the last couple of decades puttering around New York, watching old movies and producing and making music,” said Claudia Gonson. “We haven’t set fire to our hotel rooms, beaten one another up, overdosed, or undergone radical facial surgery. And yet, to my surprise, Kerthy and Gail have created a film that is both unsensationalized and yet engrossing, sweet and yet still sharp-witted and probing. My congratulations to them both.”
The DVD will include an amusing commentary track by Stephin and Claudia as well as two of the band’s Claudia Gonson-directed Super-8 music videos — “Strange Powers” and “Born on a Train”. For the viewer who wants a little more, five scenes deleted from the final film are included as DVD extras. Among the extras, is a lighthearted moment with Stephin out front of a Texas BBQ joint, Claudia taking Gothic Archies promo pictures of Stephin and Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler and a sweet riposte to the song “Reno Dakota” by the real Reno Dakota.
After debuting at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival, STRANGE POWERS screened at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Florida International Film Festival, the Independent Film Festival of Boston, BAFICI in Buenos Aries, Hot Docs, Seattle IFF, London, Athens, New Zealand and Melbourne IFF. It won the Grand Jury Documentary Prize at Outfest 2010 and a Directing Prize at Starigrad Paklenica Film Festival.
STRANGE POWERS: STEPHIN MERRITT AND THE MAGNETIC FIELDS was directed by Kerthy Fix and Gail O’Hara, 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. The film was produced by Fix, O’Hara, and Alan Oxman, and executive produced by Fix, Paul Kloss, and Pamela Tanner Boll.
TO DOWNLOAD PHOTOS: http://www.variancefilms.com/strangepowerspress.html
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.strangepowersfilm.com/
DVD: NTSC, region neutral