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Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story

Director(s)
Posy Dixon
Country
UK
Canada
Belgium
Netherlands
USA
Year
2020
Duration
63 min
Language
English

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At age 76, musician Glenn Copeland is a Black trans elder and icon, though he only emerged five years ago from relative obscurity to long-overdue recognition and acclaim. One of the first Black students to attend McGill University, Philadelphia-born Copeland, then Beverly, was notable for her keen love of science-fiction and open homosexuality. Copeland’s first record, a Folk Jazz eponymous effort, was released on the CBC in 1970, but it was 1986’s Keyboard Fantasies, recorded in near-isolation on an Atari-powered home-studio, that brought him to the attention of an influential Japanese audiophile 30 years later. Today the tape is considered a New Age classic, having graced the DJ sets of Four Tet and Caribou and compelled Copeland to embark on a world tour (a plan currently on hold due to the Novel Coronavirus).

Screens with the 1979 NFB short Sea Dream, by Ellen Besen, for which Copeland provided the music.

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Director(s)
Posy Dixon
Country
UK
Canada
Belgium
Netherlands
USA
Year
2020
Duration
63 min
Language
English