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.

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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.