Buy Tickets Sunday, May 18th, 5pm
Kennedy School Theater
In the incongruously funny opening scene of My Prairie Home, trans singer-songwriter Rae Spoon performs amid local cowboys and farmers chowing down at a roadside diner in an unnamed prairie town. Director Chelsea McMullan’s seductively playful film reveals Spoon’s inspiring process of building a life as a transgender person and artist, featuring upbeat music and insightful musings in a journey across the Canadian heartland.
Spoon’s deeply personal lyrics are informed by a childhood growing up queer and trans in an evangelical Christian household. The music, however, is tied to the land, inspired by the meditative nature of traveling alone across endless prairies under enormous blue skies. Whether performing at truck stops, roadside diners or alt-country music taverns, Spoon occupies a space that is neither insider nor outsider but exists somewhere in between. Owning this space with a cool certainty, Spoon asserts, “The prairie is just as much mine as it is anyone else’s.”
Interspersed with witty, quirky music videos, My Prairie Home turns convention upside down — a perfect visual counterpart to Spoon’s music. But as thoughtfully structured as the film is, the real beauty is in getting to know this unique and talented artist.
My Prairie Home: Dir Chelsea McMullan 2013 Canada 76 min
Community Partners: Music Fest Northwest; PSU’s Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Department; Siren Nation