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Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story

Posy Dixon, UK, Canada, Belgium, Netherlands, USA 2020, 63’
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There is this young generation that is so excited about this music and it would be selfish of me to sit around going, “I am sorry, I don’t tour,” said Beverly Glenn-Copeland in 2018 while playing his first concerts in many years. He began a new life in his seventies when the Keyboard Fantasies album he had recorded three decades earlier was discovered by a Japanese collector. Combining electronic, folk, and ambient music, the album, which was recorded in a home studio, has excited not only connoisseurs; Copeland was even persuaded to go on tour, which provided an opportunity to do some of the shooting for the film. Despite appearances, however, this is not another Sugar Man–style story—Copeland has led an extraordinary life. The transgender Black artist left the United States in the 1960s, aware that he would not be able to realize his life’s plans there. Posy Dixon’s documentary is, on the one hand, a record of musical fascination and, on the other, a moving, colorful, and sometimes humorous story about searching for one’s own identity.

Jakub Demiańczuk

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IndieLisboa International Independent FF 2020 – Indiemusic Schweppes Award

Posy Dixon

Posy Dixon is a British director and producer specializing in music documentaries, and she is also the founder of LUCA Productions. She has made short films for Vogue and Wired, collaborated with the BBC and Channel 4, worked on the series Music Nation about the underground music scene in Great Britain, and produced music videos, including for the group Hercules and Love Affair. Fascinated by the album Keyboard Fantasies, she made it the subject of her full-length debut.

Filmography

2014 Doctor Who: Earth Conquest - The World Tour (doc.)

2019 Fantazje na klawisze: Beverly Glenn-Copeland / Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story (doc.)

Cast & Crew

director Posy Dixon
screenplay Posy Dixon
cinematography Lee Burnett, Kevin A. Fraser, Morgan Spencer
editing Tim Beeston
music Beverly Glenn-Copeland
producer Liv Proctor
production LUCA Productions
sales LUCA Productions
language English
coloration colour
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