POV Presents ‘The Song and the Sorrow’ at RWM!
A daughter searches her musical past for answers in The Song and the Sorrow. The NFB doc follows musician Catherine MacLellan, daughter of legendary Canadian singer/songwriter Gene MacLellan as she finally confronts the most painful chapter of her past: the death of her father by suicide when she was only 14.
The Song and the Sorrow opens this year’s Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival on Oct. 10 and uses MacLellan’s story to further conversations about mental illness that affect families around the world. The event features a live performance by Catherine MacLellan and Workman Arts’ Bruised Years Choir. A Q&A with director Millefiore Clarkes will follow the screening.
POV is proud to support this year’s Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival and has 2 pairs of tickets to give away to see The Song and the Sorrow on opening night!
All you have to do to enter is answer the following question:
Gene MacLellan made history as the first Canadian songwriter to have a song broadcast over one million times in the United States. What popular song, performed by Anne Murray, did MacLellan make history with?
a) “You Needed Me”
c) “Could I Have this Dance?”
d) “What Would It Take”
Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contest closes Friday, Oct. 5 at noon.
The Song and the Sorrow opens RWM on Wednesday October 10, 7 PM at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. Get more information here.
Synopsis: Musician Catherine MacLellan—the daughter of Canadian singer/songwriting legend Gene MacLellan—grew up surrounded by her father’s music. He committed suicide when she was 14. Two decades after his loss, Catherine is finally ready to confront the hurtful mystery of her absent parent and embrace his musical legacy. The Song and the Sorrow follows Catherine as she journeys to understand her father and face her own struggles with mental illness. Through archival footage and intimate 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. Catherine is determined to lift the oppressive burden of silence that accompanies the stigma of mental illness and hopes that others can take strength and solace from her story.