My Prairie Home Music Sequence (I Will Be a Wall)

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In this feature documentary-musical by Chelsea McMullan, indie singer Rae Spoon takes us on a playful, meditative and at times melancholic journey. Set against majestic images of the infinite expanses of the Canadian Prairies, the film features Spoon crooning about their queer and musical coming of age. Interviews, performances and music sequences reveal Spoon’s inspiring process of building a life of their own, as a trans person and as a musician.

Official selection at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

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Chelsea McMullan
Rae Spoon
Lea Marin
director of photography
Maya Bankovic
Derek Howard
Avril Jacobson
executive producer
Silva Basmajian
original music
Rae Spoon
production designer
Leanne Mackay
sound recordist
Alex Unger
visual researcher
Kathie McKenna
Noémie Lafrance
set decoration
Amanda Letang
costume designer
Loretta Chin
Ethan Cole
set design
Emmanuel Plougoulm
artistic director
Paul Vernon
Stephanie Dudley
sound editor
Jane Tattersall
Kathy Choi
re-recording mixer
Stephan Carrier
Graham Rogers


  • MelBennett

    “My Prairie Home is a beautiful sensitive film that complicates gender through a combination of Spoon's autobiographical storytelling, her evocative contemplative music, and the alienating lonely Prairie landscape. A fine example of using a local individual story to examine larger issues of gender discrimination, religious baggage, and the difficulties of coming home. As well, the film possesses a quintessential NFB aesthetic that evokes how landscape shapes our identity as Canadians.” — MelBennett, 3 Jul 2014

  • JFrost

    “I really enjoyed this touching, quirky, sweet and happysad film. Thanks. I will be looking for more from Jae and Chelsea in the future. I hope more get a chance to see this film. ” — JFrost, 27 Jan 2014

  • ArthurM

    “Thank you NFB for having this unique film/documentary available to screen.I really enjoyed learning about Rae Spoon, and I now consider myself a fan. The film seemed very creative, and I enjoyed the unique style that Chelsea McMullan utilized. I will watch for more work from her.” — ArthurM, 26 Jan 2014

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