17 Apr 2010
Stephin Merritt's Strange Powers 
From houseoftomorrow.com:

Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields, a documentary film by Kerthy Fix and Gail O'Hara, is making the rounds of the film festival circuit in the US and overseas.

After its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, the film has screened at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Florida Film Festival, and the Buenos Aires Festival of Independent Cinema.

The film will soon be screening at the Hot Docs festival in Toronto, the Independent Film Festival Boston, and at a special event at New York's Bell House. The Bell House screening, the official New York premiere, will be preceded by a live performance from the band's own Claudia Gonson.

For more information on these upcoming events please visit the following websites:

April 25 - Boston
8th Annual Independent Film Festival Boston @ The Brattle Theater
** Including Q&A with Claudia Gonson

6/7 May
Toronto
Hot Docs

10 May
New York
Brooklyn Arts Council @ The Bell House ** With special live performance by Claudia Gonson

For more info on the film available at the Official Website and on Facebook

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