fan mail.

chickfactor would never fancy a frontman like *that* but we are super-chuffed to be a reference in this short film by brett vapnek (whose cat power and helium videos are ace too).

mon gala papillons.

Bridget wrote this song after performing at our fab event of the same name (which is named after a Lartigue photograph) and it’s so awesome to have this performance to listen to! (it’s a few songs in btw)

bowlie 2!

Not sure yet if we can swing Bowlie 2 in December, but we really want to go! Between that and Matador 21, the autumn will be filled with your indie past.

hangover lounge!

Congrats to our pals at the Hangover Lounge in London, who’ve just released their first proper 10-inch vinyl record, designed by chickfactor cofounder Pam Berry, who is a master of such handmade packaging, crafting, gocco-ing, etc. Sure wish we could be there for the release hoo-ha. We cannot wait to get our hands on one of these!

Image by WIAIWYA

strange powers screenings and festivals.

Sorry for the slow-down on the website — I blame Blogger for changing things around and messing things up! Luckily we have a new webmaster lady at chickfactor (welcome, Janice!) and hopefully soon we will be catapulted out of the past and have a modern website that has a working RSS feed, and soon Twitter/Fbk and all that crap. I apologize for the state of things! Meanwhile, most of you know that I worked on the Magnetic Fields documentary! It opens in theaters in North America (and hopefully the UK) this fall, starting with a showing at Film Forum from Oct 27-Nov 9, a Toronto opening Nov 4, Los Angeles opening Nov 5 and San Francisco Nov 11. More cities TBA soon! We are also close to getting our very first screening dates confirmed for the UK. The dates are usually updated here.

We have shown Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields at:

The Starigrad Paklenica film festival in Croatia!

PopFrenzy presented the film in Sydney, Australia on August 4. Details here.

The Melbourne International Film Festival on August 7.

At the New Zealand Film Festival in Auckland (July 9, 10, 12, 13) and Wellington (July 16, 19, 21) in July.

At Outfest in Los Angeles, California, in the lovely DGA theater, where we won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature!

At Sled Island in Calgary on June 28.

Twice at the Seattle International Film Festival on June 6 & 7, 2010.

At a Brooklyn Arts Council sneak preview at Brooklyn’s Bell House on May 10.

Twice at Toronto’s Hot Docs in May 2010.

IndieLisboa (in Lisbon, natch) on April 29.

The Independent Film Festival Boston on April 25, 2010.

Four times at BAFICI in Buenos Aires in April 2010.

Twice at the Florida International Film Festival in April 2010.

The Irish Film Institute’s Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival in Dublin in April 2010.

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC, in April 2010.

World Premiere: South by Southwest Film Festival screenings on March 15, 18 and 20, 2010.

San Francisco Film Society Sneak Preview event on Feb 28, 2010.