Now that Annie Clark and Carrie Brownstein have made “The Nowhere Inn,” a surreal, mind-bending and satirical mockumentary concerning the push and pull between Clark’s actual life identification and her onstage persona St. Vincent, Clark is questioning the place the St. Vincent character can go from right here.
The movie from director Bill Benz that premiered at Sundance goes deep into the concepts of narcissism and persona as examined by St. Vincent’s colourful, blistering stage exhibits and indie artwork rock, however might “The Nowhere Inn” be curtains for St. Vincent?
“I think in the end, in some ways it kind of blows up the whole character of St. Vincent in a way. It’s kind of the final…where else can you go with that,” Clark advised TheWrap on the Sundance Film Festival.
“So you’re retiring,” Benz requested Clark in response. “I’m announcing my retirement, and I’m going to coach in the WNBA,” she stated.
Clark and Brownstein wrote and starred collectively in “The Nowhere Inn,” which sees Brownstein agreeing to direct a live performance documentary for St. Vincent. The solely downside is, the true Annie Clark as seen within the movie is a boring nerd who would quite simply play Nintendo Switch. According to even her band members, the one factor that makes Clark fascinating is her music. So Brownstein makes an attempt to coax among the onstage St. Vincent into Clark’s actuality, however Clark’s alter ego quickly will get the higher of her and Brownstein in more and more weird and terrifying methods.
The two defined that the true Annie Clark initially did strategy Brownstein to direct a standard live performance documentary that might be damaged up with “Portlandia” type sketches. “The Nowhere Inn” does embrace actual live performance footage from a present throughout St. Vincent’s “Fear the Future” tour at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Palladium as filmed by comic and director Bobcat Goldthwait. But after a lot dialogue, “The Nowhere Inn” advanced into one thing way more.
“There’s something wonderfully casual about sketch, but that felt like too much of a disparity between Annie’s heightened aesthetic and formalism that she brings to St. Vincent, so we decided to elevate the narrative to match that,” Brownstein stated. “And we were interested in doing something that was hybrid and spoke to the mystery of music itself. So we didn’t want something too on the nose, and that’s why it is sort of genre bending.”
“And I think we recognized too that even documentaries, which purport to tell the truth about a subject, are still coming from a lens,” Clark added. “There’s still a narrative that is crafted and still gets final approval from whatever artist.”
Benz stated Clark and Brownstein’s script and the movie’s visible type was impressed by the ’70s artwork home movies by Nicolas Roeg working with Mick Jagger on movies like “Performance” in addition to the movies of Peter Greenaway.
“Just the formalism of Greenaway and the psychedelic, psychotic Roeg elements were all things we discussed a lot before shooting, and that was sort of the guiding light of the whole project,” Benz stated.
Clark and Brownstein even wrote a music for the movie, the title observe “The Nowhere Inn,” that was impressed by the crooner sound of Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline, but additionally the “psychedelic and bonkers” influences of Roeg’s films.
“We wrote the song in a day. We wanted it to actually reference things in the script and the film and really be weaved into the narrative of the film so deeply,” Clark stated. “So we had been pondering of what’s a type of metaphor for the place that individuals can get to that they go thus far down the street of narcissism or the dream…
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