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Depth of Field: Screening of 'My Prairie Home' by Chelsea McMullan, with Rae Spoon

Feb 26, 2014, 8pm-10pm

The Graduate Program in Film presents a special screening of My Prairie Home, Chelsea McMullan's acclaimed documentary-musical on transgender Canadian singer-songwriter Rae Spoon.

A Q&A with Rae Spoon follows the screening. Admission is free.

My Prairie Home tells the “playful, meditative and at times melancholic” tale of Spoon's personal and musical journey. Through a series of interviews and performance sequences, set against the backdrop of the Canadian prairies, Spoon sweetly croons us through their queer and musical coming-of-age.

My Prairie Home premiered at the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Feature Documentary. The film received its international premiere Jan. 17, 2014 at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.

View a trailer of the film.

York film alumna Chelsea McMullan is a Canadian filmmaker and artist whose productions have premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and have been screened on the international festival circuit. Her award-winning shorts have been featured on Nowness, Dazed Digital, Vice and in Vogue Italia.  In 2010, her live portrait series, Chaine, created in collaboration with Russian photographer Margo Ovcheranko, premiered at the New York Photography Festival. McMullan has been artist-in-residence at the prominent Italian creative think tank, Fabrica, where she made the Genie Award-nominated film Derailments. My Prairie Home, her debut feature-length production, is produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

Rae Spoon (who prefers to be referred to with the pronoun "they") started out as a country artist, later adding experimental and electronic elements into their music. They have toured extensively in Canada as well as in Europe, the US and Australia, and have released seven solo albums and three collaborative albums over the past decade. Spoon has been nominated for the Polaris Music Prize, CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards  and the Galaxy Rising Star Award. Spoon's first book, First Spring Grass Fire (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012) was a finalist for a Lambda Award in the Transgender Fiction category, and was  shortlisted for an Expozine Alternative Press Award. Spoon's second book, Gender Failure, co-written with Ivan E Coyote, is slated for release in April 2014.

 


Location:Cinecycle, 129 Spadina Ave.
Sponsor:Department of Film, Faculty of Fine Arts & the National Film Board of Canada
Web Sitehttp://film.finearts.yorku.ca/events
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