The Song and the Sorrow

A National Film Board of Canada Production

2018 / 42 mins. 

PREMIERING ON CBC GEM AND CBC ATLANTIC - JULY 12TH AND 13TH! 

NFB EPK HERE

Catherine MacLellan – the daughter of Canadian singer/songwriting legend Gene MacLellan – grew up surrounded by her father’s music. But He committed suicide when she was 14, and it took decades before she was able to play his songs.

 

The Song and The Sorrow follows Catherine as she tries to understand her father, come to terms with his legacy, and face her own struggles with mental illness. Through archival footage and candid interviews with friends, family members, and musicians who knew and played with Gene – including Anne Murray, Lennie Gallant, and the late Ron Hynes – the film reveals a troubled and loving man who was never at ease with fame or money.

 

It’s not easy being a musician with a famous musical parent. Losing that parent to suicide is devastating. As she seeks to celebrate her father while encouraging people to talk openly about mental illness, Catherine hopes others can take strength and solace from her story.

SCREENINGS

Sept 15/18FIN - Atlantic International Film Festival (PREMIERE SCREENING)

Sept 21/18 - Lunenburg Doc Fest (SPECIAL PRESENTATION)

Oct 10/18 - Rendezvous with Maddness Festival (OPENING NIGHT SCREENING)

Oct 12 & 16/18 - Charlottetown Film Festival (OPENING NIGHT SCREENING)

Oct 19/18 - Indian River Festival

Nov 4/18 - Guelph Film Festival (Shorts Series - Artistic Interventions)

Nov 7/18 - Film Works/TIFF Film Circuit - Summerside Cineplex

Nov 8 & 10/18 - Zonta Film Festival

Nov 11/18 - Silverwave Film Festival (CLOSING NIGHT GALA)

Jan 17/19 - HotDocs Mental Health Film Series (OPENING FILM)

Jan 27/19 - ReFrame Film Festival

Feb 7/19 - Available Light Film Festival

Feb 15/19 - Folk Alliance International Festival

March 3/19 - Salt Spring Film Festival

April 25/28/19 - City Cinema

May 4/19 - East Coast Music Awards

May 5/19 - Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

May 12/ 19 - Sunrise Film Festival

May 22/19 - Lawyna Vanya

May 2019 - Yorkton Film Festival

June 12/19 - Festival of Small Halls

July 12/19 - Atlin Arts and Music Festival

Sept 26/19 - Deep Roots Festival

 

PRESS LINKS

Catherine MacLellan on CBC's Q

The Globe and Mail

Toronto Sun

CBC News

POV Magazine (Review)

East Magazine (Review)

NOW Magazine

The Gate (Review)

Original Cin (Review)

In the Seats (Review)

A New Day - CBC Interview

Chronicle Herald

Buzz ARTS

Journal Pioneer

NFB Blog

Sea and Seen

She Does the City

Women's Post

The Guardian

Amplify East

Flaw in the Iris

CBC News 2

The Guardian 2

The Buzz Mag

Buzz ARTS 2

Cinema Axis

Buzz ARTS 3

The Guardian 3

The Guardian 4

DIRECTOR/WRITER/EDITOR

MILLEFIORE CLARKES

PRODUCERS

ROHAN FERNANDO & PAUL MCNEILL

SOUND DESIGN

SIMON WHITE

SOUNDTRACK MUSIC

DEVON ROSS

MUSIC

GENE MACLELLAN

CATHERINE MACLELLAN

DP

KYLE SIMPSON

SOUND RECORDIST

ADAM GALLANT

STORY CONSULTANT

ANDREW MACCORMACK

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

ANNETTE CLARKE

One Thousand Flowers Productions - PEI, Canada

Filmmaker - Millefiore Clarkes

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