'My Prairie Home' Trailer

Rae Spoon. Photo by Colin Smith, courtesy of the NFB.

2013 has been a great year for music docs and it looks like there’s another strong one coming out soon. The recently released trailer for the Canadian doc My Prairie Home follows indie singer Rae Spoon in a story about finding one's voice in a playful-looking coming-of-age tale. Rae’s journey across the Canadian prairies is also a personal journey, as the film reveals the singer coming into their own as both a transgendered person and a quirky folk singer. This NFB road movie, directed by Chelsea McMullan (Genie nominee for the short doc Deragliamenti), opens in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and other Canadian cities this fall. Doc fans can get an early taste for the film, as Spoon’s single “I Will be a Wall” from the album My Prairie Home is now available on the NFB’s website.

Synopsis and trailer after the jump:

Synopsis: Award-winning filmmaker Chelsea McMullan takes audiences on a poetic journey through landscapes both real and emotional in My Prairie Home, an intimate portrait of transgender singer Rae Spoon. Neither a concert film nor a conventional biographical doc, this documentary-musical occupies a beautiful space in between. My Prairie Home is as bracingly personal and reflective as the songs of this acclaimed musician, who was born in Alberta and raised in a troubled and deeply religious home. McMullan tells Spoon’s story through interviews, spoken performance and music, set to a backdrop of stunning images of the Canadian Prairies. As the camera captures Alberta’s haunting landscapes from the windows of Greyhound buses and through the curtains of tiny motel rooms, McMullan immerses viewers in the indie musician’s experiences and struggles, while Spoon’s songs are brought to life via shows at truck-stop diners and imaginative staged visual interpretations. My Prairie Home is an unforgettable look at a unique Canadian artist.