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My Prairie Home

Chelsea McMullan / Canada / 2013 / 76 ' / English

Credits

Avril Jacobson
Chelsea McMullan
Maya Bankovic & Derek Howard
Vivienne AuYeung
Graham Rogers
Claire Dobson
Rae Spoon
Lea Marin
Featuring: Rae Spoon
Production Manager: Kate Vollum

Awards & Festivals

Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival 2014
Official Selection: Vancouver International Film Festival 2014
Official Selection: Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal 2013
Official Selection: Calgary Underground Film Festival 2013

Upcoming Screenings

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In Production

Singer/songwriter Rae Spoon reflects on gender identity, faith, and the challenges of family through songs and stories.

Synopsis

A true Canadian iconoclast, acclaimed transgender country/electro-pop artist Rae Spoon revisits the stretches of rural Alberta that once constituted “home” and confronts memories of growing up queer in an abusive, evangelical household. Part travelogue, part character study, Chelsea McMullan’s singular film unfolds in coffee shops, bus stations, bars and recreation centres, with her camera finding odd angles from which to examine these communities that have arisen in the middle of nowhere.

The vérité vignettes and emotional reminiscences frequently cede to fantastical performance sequences in which Spoon gives voice to an impeccably crafted, disarmingly confessional song cycle that represents the culmination of years of rumination and writing (and has been collected on the gorgeous My Prairie Home album released by Saved By Radio). For these reflective compositions, Spoon—who explored more electric avenues on the recent I Can’t Keep All of Our Secrets—fittingly returns to the country/folk influences found on earlier records.

Lyrical and alluring, McMullan’s documentary-musical hybrid calls into question our traditional definition of “home,” and celebrates the places in between, be they in music, geography or gender.

 

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