Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, has announced that celebrated musician and songwriter Annie Clark (St. Vincent) will make her directorial debut on the company's upcoming all-female-helmed horror anthology film XX. Not only will a woman direct each segment, each will star female leads. Clark's segment, scheduled to film this spring, has been co-written and will be produced by genre maven Roxanne Benjamin (Southbound, V/H/S, V/H/S/2, Faults).
XX is a female-driven horror anthology with each director given full creative license to tell any story they choose revolving around a female protagonist. While the directors have been given free creative rein within budget and time constraints, all of the segments themselves will involve the horror genre. In addition to Clark, other directors attached include Karyn Kusama (The Invitation, Girlfight), Jennifer Lynch (Surveillance, Chained) and Jovanka Vuckovic (The Captured Bird, former editor of Rue Morgue Magazine).
As St. Vincent, Clark is an original guitarist who has created a distinct voice. Her recent album, the self-titled St. Vincent (released via Loma Vista Recordings), won her "album of the year" designations from the NME, The Guardian and Entertainment Weekly and a Grammy® for Best Alternative Album. As a live performer, Clark has been heralded as "the first truly 21st century guitar hero" by Guitar World magazine, and she continues to aim to push the boundaries of today's musical landscape.
"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to explore the genre-film medium," said Clark.
"I've long been a fan of Annie's work," said Magnolia Pictures President Eamonn Bowles. "We're excited to watch the singular vision she'll bring to this project."
Pictured performing is St. Vincent at Outside Lands 2015. Photo by Jim Donnelly.
For more information on the company's films, visit magpictures.com.