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People Are Strange…

“So, what are they making a documentary about you for?”
“Because I’m fascinating. I write wonderful music.”

Strange Powers is a documentary that spans 4 tours, 3 albums, and 10 years. Directed by Kerthy Fix and Gail O’Hara, the film follows the closely guarded world of Stephin Merritt and his band The Magnetic Fields. Along with The Magnetic Fields, Merritt has put out numerous albums including 1999’s 69 Love Songs, an epic three-disc concept album that highlights Merrit’s genuine talent at creating music. (It also includes my personal favorite, “I Need a New Heart,” but that’s besides the point.) The film follows Merritt through his songwriting and recording processes as well as explores his personal relationships with his band mate and manager Claudia Gonson. Strange Powers won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature at Outfest in Los Angeles, CA. Official Website.

Following the screening, Claudia Gonson and filmmaker Kerthy Fix will talk about the impact of The Magnetic Fields.

The event will take place on Saturday, November 13 at 5:30 PM on the Main Stage of the Painted Bride Art Center as part of the First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art. It is $15 for the general public and $12 for First Person members. Buy your tickets here.

Tomorrow we’ll look at the final documentary in the First Person Festival, Inside Hana’s Suitcase. If you missed it yesterday, get to know the Girls on the Wall.
– Laura Reeve

Upcoming Events
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  • Date: March 7, 2019
  • Time: 6:30 PM
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  • Date: March 26, 2019
  • Time: 7:30 PM
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