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RAE SPOON MY PRAIRIE HOME

My Prairie Home (Trailer) by Chelsea McMullan, National Film Board of Canada

TO RECEIVE U.S. PREMIERE AT THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

NFB DOCUMENTARY-MUSICAL BY CHELSEA MCMULLAN FOLLOWS MONTREAL BASED ALBERTA ARTIST ACROSS THE CANADIAN PRAIRIES, EXPLORING THIS TRANSGENDER PERFORMER’S QUEER AND MUSICAL COMING OF AGE

NEW ALBUM MY PRAIRIE HOME BY RAE SPOON FEATURING THE SCORE AND SOUNDTRACK OF THE ACCLAIMED NFB DOCUMENTARY OUT NOW.

My Prairie Home, director Chelsea McMullan’s National Film Board of Canada (NFB) documentary-musical about Rae Spoon, will have its U.S. premiere in January 2014, at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, when it screens as part of the festival’s World Cinema Documentary Competition, with McMullan, Spoon and NFB producer Lea Marin in attendance.

In My Prairie Home, Chelsea McMullan follows 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.

“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. James Wilt of Fast Forward Weekly called My Prairie Home “what would happen if Wes Anderson made a trippy musical,” praising the film’s “Guy Maddin-esque creations, blending fact and fiction to create something visually, sonically and intellectually enthralling.”

My Prairie Home is currently playing in select Canadian cities

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