Documentary-musical highlights queer and musical coming of age of Canadian artist Rae Spoon Add to ...

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“It’s funny to write songs about being a child when you’re an adult,” says Rae Spoon, talking about I Will Be a Wall, a number from My Prairie Home, a National Film Board documentary-musical about the transgender singer-songwriter. A video clip for the song (and the film itself) is directed by filmmaker Chelsea McMullan, who uses archival footage of a family snow fight, as well as a sequence involving siblings putting up barriers. “The song is about growing up in a house with parents who have mental health issues,” says Spoon. “The children, in that situation, have to work together to protect each other.” The film My Prairie Home is billed as an “intimate portrait of Spoon’s queer and musical coming of age,” set in Alberta. I Will Be a Wall is both an excerpt from the film and a new song off Spoon's upcoming album, also titled My Prairie Home. The album (a song cycle which features the film's score and soundtrack) will be released on August 13, with the film itself arriving in theatres this fall.

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