14 Oct 2010
House of Tomorrow's Strange Powers 
The feature documentary Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields starts its US theatrical run on Wednesday 27 October at New York City's Film Forum reports the House of Tomorrow newsletter. Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields will appear in person alongside the filmmakers at the 8:10pm shows on Wednesday 27 October and Friday 29 October. Tickets go on sale 20 October via Film Forum.

Tickets are also on sale now for the Los Angeles screenings, which start 5 November 5 at Laemmle's Sunset 5. Stephin and the filmmakers will be making guest appearances at the Friday and Saturday evening shows:

The film's current run includes stops in Austin, San Francisco, Dallas, and Seattle. Screenings and special events related to the film are being added regularly by the filmmakers.

More info including film showtimes, news of a Magnetic Fields exhibition and a film series curated by Stephin Merritt on Facebook and the Official Website.

Meanwhile, Cerysmatic, gets a UK preview of Strange Powers tomorrow as it debuts at the London Film Festival 2010.

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