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Closing Gala: Atlantic Documentary Showcase
November 11 @ 7:00 pm
$9.00 adults/$8.00 students & seniors
Social Venue: Gala Party Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Upstairs Garrison Room at 9:30 PM
The Song and the Sorrow
Director/Writer: Millefiore Clarkes
Producer: Rohan Fernando
Length: 42: 28
Belfast, PEI, Canada, 2018
Musician Catherine MacLellan—the daughter of Canadian singer/songwriting legend Gene MacLellan—grew up surrounded by her father’s music. He committed suicide when she was 14. Two decades after his loss, Catherine is finally ready to confront the hurtful mystery of her absent parent and embrace his musical legacy.
The Song and the Sorrow follows Catherine as she journeys to understand her father and face her own struggles with mental illness. Through archival footage and intimate interviews with friends, family members, and musicians who knew and played with Gene—including Anne Murray, Lennie Gallant, and the late Ron Hynes—the film reveals a troubled and loving man who was never at ease with fame or money.
Catherine is determined to lift the oppressive burden of silence that accompanies the stigma of mental illness and hopes that others can take strength and solace from her story.
“Elvis covered his songs. I mean, everybody did his songs… But any time I tried to tell him how great he was he felt like he didn’t deserve it.” – Anne Murray
Best Atlantic Short Doc – FIN Atlantic International Film Festival 2018
Best Atlantic Filmmaker – Lunenburg Doc Fest
New Brunswick Premiere
The Capital Project
Director/Writer: Tim Rayne
Producer: Arthur Thomson
Fredericton, NB, 2018
The Capital Project is a feature – length documentary about the inner workings of an eclectic local music scene, that examines the relationship between music, the artist, and the community.
The project was inspired by the music scene that has been taking place in the City of Fredericton over the last few years. Fredericton is the small Capital city of New Brunswick, one of Canada’s smallest provinces. Although small in population the city is rich in musical talent across a wide range of genres including rock, punk, hip-hop, metal, country, pop, jazz, classical, and everything in-between.
The documentary introduces the audiences to the city and the people in and around the music scene, and explores ideas of how it came to be and how it is shaped and influenced, particularly the roles of mentorship, venues, relationship-building, support networks, and rise of DYI culture with the means of production becoming more accessible. The documentary also explores other threads such as the importance of music education in schools, and the impact of local music on the cultural and local economies. While the lens of the documentary is local, it is a microcosm of a much larger global phenomenon.
New Brunswick Premiere