Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story

Documentary | 62 min. | PG

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Film Info
Release Year:2019
Production Country:United Kingdom
Original Langauge:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Posy Dixon
Cast:Beverly Glenn-Copeland
Kurt Inder
Jeremy Costello
Bianca Palmer
Carlie Howell
Nick Dourado
Produced By:Liv Proctor
Music By:Beverly Glenn-Copeland
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This screening includes a Q&A with the film's Director Posy Dixon

"The Kindest Film of the Year." – Andrew F. Peirce, THE CURB

"Glenn-Copeland speaking in the film never seems angry, never rushed, never less than amused, and composed. He is the living image of the peaceful music he creates." – Bradley Gibson, FILM THREAT

"… the documentary is a primer on Glenn-Copeland's remarkable musical life in relative obscurity, tracing his early years in Philadelphia, his gender transition in his 50s, and his rise and touring over the past few years." – Jasmyne Keimig, THE STRANGER (Seattle, WA)

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. Featuring refreshingly honest interviews with the generous musician, this time-travelling tale will soothe those souls struggling to find their place in the world. (Charlotte Selb, Hot Docs)

Winner – Best Documentary, NewFest: New York’s LGBT Film Festival, 2020
Winner – Indiemusic Schweppes Award, IndiLisboa International Independent Film Festival, 2020
Winner – International Narrative, Best Documentary, TLVFest, The Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival, 2020
Top 20 Audience Favourites, Hot Docs, 2020

Included Shorts

Reel Stories Intro (3min) More
Keyboard Fantasies Q&A (21min) More