Annie Clark and Carrie Brownstein appear in The Nowhere Inn by Bill Benz
Annie Clark and Carrie Brownstein appear in The Nowhere Inn by Bill Benz | photo by Minka Farthing Kohl.

IFC Films acquired the The Nowhere Inn, produced, written by, and starring Carrie Brownstein and Annie ‘St. Vincent’ Clark from first-time filmmaker and frequent Portlandia collaborator / writer Bill Benz. The film marks the first feature length film in which Clark has simultaneously produced, starred and composed all the original music.

The Nowhere Inn had its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in the Midnight Section, and IFC Films will be releasing The Nowhere Inn in Fall 2021.

From real-life friends Annie Clark (a.k.a. GRAMMY award-winning musician St. Vincent) and Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia, Sleater-Kinney, the best-selling Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl) comes the metafictional account of two creative forces banding together to make a documentary about St. Vincent’s music, touring life, and public persona. But they quickly discover unpredictable forces lurking within subject and filmmaker that threaten to derail the friendship, the project, and the duo’s creative lives.

“We are extremely proud of what we’ve created with The Nowhere Inn,” said Brownstein and Clark. “And we couldn’t imagine a better home and partner for it than IFC Films.”

Debut feature filmmaker Bill Benz, a frequent “Portlandia” collaborator and writer, delivers a densely woven, laugh-out-loud funny and increasingly fractured commentary on reality, identity, and authenticity. This is the story of two close friends’ attempt to wrestle the truth out of a complex subject before the hall of mirrors that is their artistic lives devours them completely.

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