A spirit-lifting documentary about electronic music pioneer Beverly Glenn-Copeland, a black transgender septuagenarian musical genius who finally finds his place in the world. Glenn’s emergence from obscurity is an intimate coming-of-age story transforming pain into hope and joy.
“Glorious! Radiates with life and happiness!” -The Guardian
Keyboard Fantasies (2021, dir. Posy Dixon) As a sci-fi obsessed woman living in near isolation, Beverly Glenn-Copeland wrote and self-released Keyboard Fantasies in Huntsville, Ontario back in 1986. Recorded in an Atari-powered home-studio, the cassette featured seven tracks of a curious folk-electronica hybrid, a sound realised far before its time.
Three decades on, the musician – now Glenn Copeland – began to receive emails from people across the world, thanking him for the music they’d recently discovered. Courtesy of Ryota Masuko, a rare-record collector in Japan who initiated a reissue of Keyboard Fantasies, the music finally found its audience two generations down the line.
Half aural-visual history, half DIY tour-video, this film provides a vehicle for our newly appointed queer elder to connect with youth across the globe. A timely lullaby to soothe those souls struggling to make sense of the world.
The soothing, spiritual undercurrent of his compositions offer a particular respite from contemporary reality; sounding above it all, even as Glenn-Copeland himself remains immensely grounded and present in real life.