Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields
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.
Kerthy Fix immediately launched herself into cult film as production assistant on Richard Linklaters SLACKER (1991). Among her later work, we find her job as co-produce in the six-part series "Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman", directed by Jennifer Fox for the Sundance Channel (2008). While working on STRANGE POWERS she also completed the screenplay for a film about Christine Jorgensen, the first widely-known transsexual. Fix is currently filming a documentary on the radical female band Le Tigre as they travel on tour.