KEYBOARD FANTASIES: THE BEVERLY GLENN-COPELAND STORY

Wednesday April 28th 2021, 12:01 am - Sunday, May 2nd @ 11:59 pm

Virtual Festival

KEYBOARD FANTACIES - Trailer

FILMMAKER Q&A Short Film BEING SASCHA - Trailer

Runtime: 63 mins

Language: English

Director: Posy Dixon

Country: UK, 2020

Genre: Documentary, Historical, Trans

INCLUDES the short film BEING SASHA
Director: Manuel G├╝beli; 35 mins


Born in 1944 in Philadelphia, Glenn Copeland was never afraid of breaking barriers. Moving to Canada at 17, the young vocalist was the only Black student in his classical music class at McGill University and openly lived as a lesbian in the early 1960s before coming out as a trans man. Obsessed with sci-fi and living in near isolation in Huntsville, Ontario, Copeland self-released the electronic album Keyboard Fantasies on cassette in 1986. This collection of curious, visionary folk-electronica tracks went largely unnoticed until a Japanese rare-record collector reissued it three decades later bringing it to the ears of raving fans. Finally getting the recognition he deserved, the musical genius found himself catapulted to cult status and embarked on his first international tour at age 74. 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.