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The Song and the Sorrow

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Musician Catherine MacLellan—the daughter of Canadian singer/songwriting legend Gene MacLellan—grew up surrounded by her father’s music. He took his own life when she was 14. Two decades after his loss, Catherine is finally ready to confront the hurtful mystery of her absent parent and embrace his musical legacy.

The Song and the Sorrow follows Catherine as she journeys to understand her father and face her own struggles with mental illness. Through archival footage and intimate interviews with friends, family members, and musicians who knew and played with Gene—including Anne Murray, Lennie Gallant, and the late Ron Hynes—the film reveals a troubled and loving man who was never at ease with fame or money. 

Catherine is determined to lift the oppressive burden of silence that accompanies the stigma of mental illness and hopes that others can take strength and solace from her story. 

2018, 42 min 32 s

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Mid-length Documentary Award
Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival
May 6 to 26 2019, Glasgow - Scotland

Best Documentary
Silver Wave Film Festival
November 8 to 11 2018, Fredericton - Canada

Atlantic Filmmaker Award
Lunenburg Docfest
September 20 to 23 2018, Lunenburg - Canada

Best Atlantic Short Documentary
FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival
September 13 to 20 2018, Halifax - Canada