The Beverly Glenn-Copeland story is heading to the big screen. According to a press release, Greenwich Entertainment has acquired the US distribution rights to Posy Dixon’s documentary about transgender singer-songwriter Beverly Glenn Copeland. “Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story” will open this fall, “in time for the release of the “Keyboard Fantasies Reimagined” album and the current Guggenheim Gallery featuring Copeland’s collaboration with artist Wu Tsang.”
“Keyboard Fantasies” was shown on Hot Docs earlier this year. Produced by LUCA, directed by Dixon and produced by Liv Proctor.
Glenn Copeland studied classical music at McGill University in Montreal, where he was one of the few minorities. After releasing two popular and blues albums and building a career in songwriting for children’s television, he began experimenting with electronic music using an Atari personal computer.
Source details “The Keyboard Fantasies album was the result”. Now considered a New Age Electronica classic, it sold only a few copies upon its self-released cassette release in 1986. But its stature slowly grew in audiophile circles before it was championed by an influential Japanese rare-record collector which led to it being remastered and re-released in 2016 where it was immediately acclaimed.”
The press release continues, “Dixon reached out to the musician, now living in his true identity as Glenn Copeland, in 2017, and began documenting his history and emergence in the indie music scene. Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story sees the hero committing to his life and his music for the first time. – An intimate upcoming story that revolves around the pain of bias into rhythm, hope and joy. Half an audiovisual history, half a self-made tour video, the film provides a way for the newly appointed and aging musical legend to connect with young people around the world.”
“The music of ‘Keyboard Fantasies’ has really impressed record collectors all over the world,” said Dixon. “In an age where live tours are becoming increasingly challenging, I hope our film will move gracefully, bringing Glenn’s wisdom and life-affirming performances to audiences around the world.”
Dixon previously directed “Doctor Who: Earth Conquest – The World Tour.” Her production credits include “Zona” and “Music Nation”.