03 Jun Free screening of Keyboard Fantasies June 17
Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story
Streaming online for free Wednesday, June 17 at 7pm
An official selection at festivals like Rotterdam, BFI Flare, and Hot Docs, KEYBOARD FANTASIES: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story will be available online for free on Wednesday, June 17 at 7 pm. Check back for the link then and also be sure to check out the lineup of SPAF! at Home programming, too!
This film screening is co-presented by Skeleton Park Arts Festival, Kingston Pride, Kingston Canadian Film Festival, ReelOut and The Screening Room.
Emerging from years in isolation to an enraptured crowd, a time-travelling, transgender musical genius finally finds his place in the world.
As a sci-fi obsessed woman living in near isolation, Beverly Glenn-Copeland wrote and self-released Keyboard Fantasies in Huntsville, Ontario back in 1986. Recorded in an Atari-powered home-studio, the cassette featured seven tracks of a curious folk-electronica hybrid, a sound realized far before its time.
Three decades on, the musician – now Glenn Copeland – began to receive emails from people across the world, thanking him for the music they’d recently discovered. Courtesy of a rare-record collector in Japan, a reissue of Keyboard Fantasies and subsequent plays by Four Tet, Caribou and more, the music had finally found its audience two generations down the line.
KEYBOARD FANTASIES: THE BEVERLY GLENN-COPELAND STORY sees the protagonist commit his life and music to screen for the first time – an intimate coming of age story spinning pain and the suffering of prejudice into rhythm, hope and joy.
Half aural-visual history, half DIY tour-video, the film provides a vehicle for our newly appointed queer elder to connect with youth across the globe. A timely lullaby to soothe those souls struggling to make sense of the world.