NFB Documentary-Musical My Prairie Home Opens Theatrically At Excentris On December 13
Montreal – My Prairie Home, director Chelsea McMullan’s acclaimed National Film Board of Canada (NFB) documentary-musical about indie singer Rae Spoon, will open theatrically at Cinéma Excentris on December 13, following its Montreal festival premiere at the 16th Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), taking place November 13 to 24. Theatrical screenings of the film in select Canadian cities are being presented in collaboration with media partner Exclaim!. My Prairie Home was produced by Lea Marin for the NFB.
In My Prairie Home, Chelsea McMullan follows Montreal-based transgender musician and performer Rae Spoon on a musical road trip across the Canadian Prairies. All along the way—in a Greyhound bus, the Tyrrell Dinosaur Museum in Drumheller, a bar in Regina, and at a performance in Winnipeg—McMullan’s camera is a constant companion. As the flat, straight Prairie highway unfolds, McMullan guides audiences along the long and winding road of Spoon’s life. This playful, meditative and at times melancholic tale of Spoon’s queer and musical coming of age unfolds in interviews and songs, in live performance and fanciful music sequences. Spoon takes us through their childhood (Spoon prefers the use of the gender-neutral, third-person pronoun) growing up in an ultra-religious family, discovering their sexuality, their gender identity, and the crucial and inspiring leaps towards building a life of their own, as a musician and as a trans person.
“Beautifully shot, this documentary-meets-musical-meets-road-movie is a sad, hopeful, gorgeous work of poetry,” wrote Marsha Lederman of the Globe and Mail.
Spoon’s new album, also titled My Prairie Home, features the film’s score and soundtrack, and is available at Saved by Radio. The video for the first single, “I Will Be a Wall,” is a clip from the documentary and can be viewed at NFB.ca.
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