Dreams do come true: Annie Clark, who performs under the name St. Vincent, has fulfilled her long-time wish to score a film. In 2009 she told NPR Music about this fantasy, and explained that her album Actor was in large part inspired by watching movies like The Wizard of Oz and Snow White and imagining new soundtracks to the scenes.
Now Clark has officially made it happen. Yesterday she announced that she’s scored Kristen Stewart’s forthcoming short film Come Swim, which is due to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next month. Stewart (who is also dating Clark) describes the film as “a diptych of one man’s day, half impressionist and half realist portraits.”
The film was sparked by a series of inspirations: Stewart apparently painted a picture on her garage wall of a man awakening from sleep, which then inspired her to write a poem about the feelings and thoughts one has just after waking. That poem, in turn, led to this short, which will be her screenwriting and directorial debut.
Come Swim is sponsored by Refinery29 as a part of their Shatterbox Anthology series, which aims to “create a slate of female-focused [film] content.” Come Swim will actually be the second film at Sundance with Clark’s name on it: she’s also helped write and direct the horror short XX. Check out both of these films when they come out, and for now, watch Clark perform her song “Marrow” in 2009 below via the Paste Cloud. (That’s one of those songs inspired by The Wizard of Oz.) Further down, find the Come Swim poster.