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FILM OPENS: December 10, 2010

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Songwriter Stephin Merritt is known as "the Cole Porter of his generation" for his memorable melodies, lovelorn lyrics and wry musical stylings. Shot over a period of 10 years, "Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields" explores his friendship with his longtime bandmate and manager Claudia Gonson. Through his recording and songwriting process, the film traces a 20-year career that has yielded one of the most engaging bodies of work in the contemporary American songbook.

  • Director: Kerthy Fix, Gail O'Hara
  • Country: USA | Denmark | France | Germany | UK
  • Genre: Documentary | Music
  • Year: 2010
  • Run Time: 01:24:30
  • imdb Score: 7.1/10 (49 votes)
  • Language: English
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast:
"No matter your take on Merritt's persona, there's no denying that he's a unique musician whose songs -- such as "Papa Was a Rodeo" and "Living in an Abandoned Firehouse With You" -- are worth discovering. As is this film."
V.A. Musetto - NEW YORK POST

"The affectionate, bemused, structurally unkempt portrait is at its best capturing Merritt's close collaboration with his longtime friend and bandmate Claudia Gonson."
Lisa Schwarzbaum - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

"If you're a fan of quality songwriting but haven't been exposed to Merritt's quirky and catchy tunes, you'll be suitably enamored by a film that's as charming and enjoyable as the band's music."
Edward Douglas - COMINGSOON.NET

FESTIVALS

Buenos Aires Int'l Festival of Independent Cinema 2010

Seattle Int'l Film Festival 2010

Melbourne Int'l Film Festival 2010