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TORONTO PREMIERE OF NFB DOCUMENTARY-MUSICAL MY PRAIRIE HOME FEBRUARY 4 AT BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA

Press release

2014/01/17

Features live performance by Rae Spoon and post-screening Q&A

There are standard-issue music documentaries, and then there's My Prairie Home. Toronto writer-director Chelsea McMullan's inspired National Film Board documentary about totally original Montreal-based, Calgary-raised singer-songwriter Rae Spoon is as distinctive as its star.
– Brendan Kelly, Montreal Gazette


Toronto, January 17, 2014 – Catch My Prairie Home, Chelsea McMullan's Sundance-selected documentary-musical about Rae Spoon, along with a live performance by the transgender indie singer at the film's Toronto premiere on Tuesday, February 4, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.

This acclaimed National Film Board of Canada (NFB) documentary-musical is directed by Toronto's Chelsea McMullan and produced by Lea Marin, who will both be on hand for a Q&A. The evening's events are a co-presentation of the NFB and Cinema Politica in collaboration with Toronto's Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, EGALE, Exclaim! and POV Magazine. Exclaim! is also a media partner for screenings of My Prairie Home in cities across Canada.

In My Prairie Home, Toronto filmmaker Chelsea McMullan follows Calgary-born, Montreal-based transgender 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.

Nominated for the Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary Award at the Canadian Screen Awards and named Best Canadian Documentary of 2013 by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle, My Prairie Home is being hailed by critics everywhere.

Marsha Lederman of the Globe and Mail called it “Beautifully shot, this documentary-meets-musical-meets-road-movie is a sad, hopeful, gorgeous work of poetry.” James Wilt of Fast Forward Weekly praised the film's “Guy Maddin-esque creations, blending fact and fiction to create something visually, sonically and intellectually enthralling,” while the Georgia Straight's Ken Eisner called it “lovingly crafted and highly original… Grey areas of gender and the mysterious origins of creativity are equally explored as Spoon's life history is imaginatively intertwined with performances that can happen anywhere, at any time.”

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 also be viewed at NFB.ca.

About the NFB

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) creates groundbreaking interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation. The NFB has produced over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 4 Canadian Screen Awards, 7 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. To access acclaimed NFB content, visit NFB.ca or download its apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV.

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