EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has learned that IFC Films has just acquired the North American rights to The Nowhere Inn by Topic Studios. The photo, a fractured commentary on reality, identity and authenticity, is produced, written by and stars Carrie Brownstein and Grammy winner Annie “St. Vincent ”Clark. Nowhere Inn is also the directorial debut of Portlandia contributor and scribe Bill Benz.
The film, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, is the first feature film in which Clark simultaneously produced, performed, and composed all of the original music. An autumn 2021 version is currently planned.
The Nowhere Inn is a metafictional account of two creative forces coming together to make a documentary on the music of Saint-Vincent, life on tour and public figure. But they quickly discover unpredictable forces hidden in the subject and the filmmaker that threaten to derail the friendship, the project and the creative life of the duo. Nine-time Emmy-nominated Brownstein is true friends of St. Vincent, and the feature film is the story of two close friends attempting to squeeze the truth out of a complex subject before the Hall of Mirrors that their artistic life devours them completely. .
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The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, IFC Films’ vice president of acquisitions and productions, with Deborah McIntosh of Endeavor Content and Paradigm on behalf of the filmmakers.
Bocco tells Deadline, “Carrie Brownstein and Annie Clark are brilliantly pushing the boundaries of how we communicate through film, music and comedy like only real artists can. We are delighted to take viewers to The Nowhere Inn and present this unique and hilarious film to audiences and fans across the country. “
“We are extremely proud of what we have created with The nowhereBrownstein and Clark said. “And we couldn’t imagine a better house and a better partner than IFC Films.”
Ryan Heller, SVP, Film & Acquisitions for Topic Studios, added: “It was our true joy to collaborate with Annie, Carrie and Bill on this daring work or love and friendship. And we’re thrilled to be in such great hands with Arianna and the team at IFC Films who took the credit for delivering daring, genre-defying stories to audiences. “
Topic Studios funded the film and produced with Ways and Means and Crazy Galore. The film was produced by Jett Steiger, Lana Kim, Annie Clark and Carrie Brownstein. Topic Studios executive producers are Michael Bloom, Ryan Heller and Maria Zuckerman. Adam Pincus and Bobcat Goldthwait also serve as EPs. Co-producers are Josh Bachove and Danny Harris. Topic Studios also recently produced and co-funded Mauritanian who received Season of Love awards last night at the Golden Globes with a win in a second feature for Jodie Foster.
Brownstein is the co-creator of a series of comedy sketches Portlandia who raced for eight seasons on IFC and won four Emmys. Her feature film credits as an actress include Carol, the oath, and Don’t worry, he won’t walk far as well as the television series Transparent, Idiotsitter and Calm your enthusiasm.
St. Vincent’s eponymous fourth solo won him a Grammy for Best Alternative Album, his first Grammy Award. She was the first female solo in 20 years to win a Grammy in this category. St. Vincent teased his new album last week with a series of vintage poster ads. The next LP, titled daddy’s house, is dated May 14 in Loma Vista.
Below is our interview from our Sundance studio with Nowhere Inn: