Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields

Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields

Stephin Merritt
Director: Kerthy Fix, Gail O'Hara Cast: Stephin Merritt
Stephin Merritt
, Claudia Gonson
Claudia Gonson
Kerthy Fix, Gail O'Hara,


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Stephin Merritt is a singer and songwriter best known as the leader of the indie rock band the Magnetic Fields. While the Magnetic Fields haven't had to worry about the perils of stardom just yet, their fans are loyal and wildly enthusiastic, and they're a favorite of critics, who've described Merritt as a contemporary Cole Porter for his witty, literate, and sardonic take on the game of love. Merritt's own expressive but froggy vocals are at once an ideal vehicle for his lyrics and one of the reasons his music appeals to a discriminating cult but hasn't broken through to the mass audience. Filmmakers Kerthy Fix and Gail O'Hara spent ten years sporadically following Merritt with their cameras, and Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields is the result, a documentary about his music and the man who lurks behind it. In addition to footage of Merritt on-stage with his band and talking at length about his work, Strange Powers features interviews with some of his better-known fans (including Peter Gabriel, Neil Gaiman, and Sarah Silverman) and explores the complex working relationship between Merritt and Claudia Gonson, his manager and bandmate. Strange Powers received its world premiere at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/08/2014
UPC: 0616892152361
Original Release: 2010
Rating: NR
Source: Strange Powers
Sales rank: 44,180

Special Features

Previously unreleased deleted scenes:; the band in the studio, on tour, and backstage; Official music video: "Strand Powers" and "Born On A Train"; Official film trailer; Audio commentary with Stephin Merritt and Claudia Gonson

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stephin Merritt Participant
Claudia Gonson Participant
John Woo Participant
Sam Davol Participant
Shirley Simms Participant
Daniel Handler Participant
Sarah Silverman Participant
Neil Gaiman Participant
Peter Gabriel Participant

Technical Credits
Kerthy Fix Director,Cinematographer,Executive Producer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Gail O'Hara Director,Producer
Pamela Tanner Boll Executive Producer
Sarah Devorkin Editor,Musical Direction/Supervision
Claudia Gonson Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Kloss Cinematographer,Executive Producer
Stephin Merritt Score Composer
Alan Oxman Producer
Mike Yesenosky Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields
1. Chapter 1 [:08]
2. Chapter 2 [:01]
3. Chapter 3 [6:21]
4. Chapter 4 [9:32]
5. Chapter 5 [7:03]
6. Chapter 6 [10:53]
7. Chapter 7 [4:05]
8. Chapter 8 [6:46]
9. Chapter 9 [6:08]
10. Chapter 10 [5:54]
11. Chapter 11 [4:08]
12. Chapter 12 [6:59]
13. Chapter 13 [7:35]
14. Chapter 14 [4:23]
15. Chapter 15 [4:37]
16. Chapter 16 [:02]

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