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Spring is for String Quartets, absolutely.

July 11, 2011

A string quartet. A spring tour of the Magnetic Fields. Unemployment numbers are down. Heavens, it’s time to sip a sidecar, dear Gatsby.

Please enjoy this lovely-wobbly version of Stephin Merritt’s “Absolutely Cuckoo” as performed by Quartet-a-Tete – Elizabeth Jackson, Leah Nelson, Mollie Fischer and Sarah Stollak.


DVD Press Release, baby.

May 15, 2011

FIX FILMS  and Gail O’Hara


Kerthy Fix, Fix Films, (917) 653-2753, or Gail O’Hara, gail at

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

New York, 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.


DVD: NTSC, region neutral

DVD releases May 23, 2011

March 27, 2011

Hey People,

We’ve turned in our homework and are waiting on our report card!

The DVDs are being manufactured right now. We’re expecting boxes to arrive at our door in the next weeks. If you donated to our website, we’ll be sitting in Brooklyn having an envelope stuffing party to get you the goods, before anyone else gets theirs. You lucky bastards, can watch deleted scenes that didn’t make the movie before any of your cheap friends can. Don’t share with them until they fork over their collection of Factory Records LPs or something.

Now quit bugging us about the DVDs, OK?




Want to bring the film to your town? You can help!

October 15, 2010

It’s time!  We’re gearing up to bring Strange Powers to a theater near you- and we want your help.  If you haven’t had a chance, screenings of the movie are awesome.  Everyone that comes tends to be good peoples, so you can sneak in some wine in a Hawaiian Punch bottle, share it with the attractive person sitting next to you, and who knows, maybe go get some pie afterwards.  Folks, you want this movie.

We’re doing all sorts of fun stuff in cities across the country leading up to the release.  We’re going to have parties at your favorite record store, giveaways of magnificent things like signed posters, and a lot more.  How can you get in on this action?
We thought you’d never ask.

We’ve started some local Facebook groups in the first round of cities that are getting the film (don’t panic if you don’t see yours- we’re just getting started), and that’s where the action is going to be.  We don’t want to bore everyone with invitations to parties that require a plane ticket to attend, so that’s where we’ll announce the good stuff.  The links are below- sign up!

Just to get you properly psyched, we’re starting them all off with a contest- now through 10/22, everyone who joins a local group and brings 10 friends with them will be entered to win an official, full-size, so-big-you’ll-have-to-take-stuff-off-your-wall Strange Powers movie poster! Just email us at with your name and a list of the 10 friends your brought (or a screencap of them) and you’ll be added to the drawing.

Los Angeles-
San Francisco-
Toronto –
Boston –

Don’t see your city on the list?  We’re adding more runs every day, but you can help us.  If you want to join the team by leading the local Facebook group and/or help us bring the film to your city by calling/berating/sending treats to your local theater manager, email us at and we’ll tell you how!

March 11, 2010

Full Frame Documentary Festival has announced the films they will show for 2010.

They wrote a really great description of the Strange Powers:

A captivating film about one of America’s greatest (and most reclusive) songwriters, Strange Powers is the film you never thought you’d see about the band you’ve always loved – or the film you absolutely must see about the band you’ve always meant to check out.

Thank you Fans!

February 8, 2010

We are honored and delighted at the immediate enthusiasm from fans who are curious to see the film. You have been donating and watching the trailer on utube (25,000 views  – wow), and joining our Twitter feed. so cool. thanks.