The Song and the Sorrow, a documentary directed by PEI filmmaker Millefiore Clarkes, and produced by the National Film Board of Canada, explores the lives of two of Atlantic Canada’s musical treasures—Catherine MacLellan and her father Gene MacLellan.
The film will be screened as part of the East Coast Music Awards Conference on May 4 at 3 pm at The Guild in Charlottetown followed by a Q & A with Catherine and Millefiore.
The Song and the Sorrow will then travel to Glasgow Scotland to screen at the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival on May 5, where it will be picking up an international award for Best Mid Length Documentary. The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival is a month-long arts festival that takes place at venues across Scotland.
Later in May the film will screen at the Yorkton Film Festival in Saskatchewan where it is nominated for a Golden Sheaf Award for Best Documentary (Arts and Culture). The Yorkton Festival is Canada’s oldest running film festival.
It is also opening the Newfoundland Arts Festival Lawnya Vawnya in St. John’s, and screens in Pugwash NS at the Sunrise Film Festival.
The Song and the Sorrow has been screening at festivals since the Fall of 2018 and has picked up several awards and received some great national press and reviews along the way (Q, The Globe and Mail, POV).
The film follows Catherine MacLellan as she faces the troubled legacy of her father Gene who struggled with mental illness. She is determined to both celebrate his artistry and genius, as well as use her own story as a tool to open up conversations around mental illness.
Millefiore Clarkes is part of a growing film community and industry on PEI. Many of the key crew and contributors to the film are based on PEI, including cinematographer Kyle Simpson, sound recordist Adam Gallant, and composer Devon Ross.