Jackie Shane Documentary to Make World Premiere at SXSW

'Any Other Way: The Jackie Shane Story' is executive produced by Elliot Page

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Feb 8, 2024

A new documentary about late American-Canadian transgender soul singer Jackie Shane will make its world premiere at SXSW 2024.

The Canadian Press reports that, per the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Any Other Way: The Jackie Shane Story will premiere as part of SXSW's film festival programming. This year's event runs March 8 to 16 in Austin, TX.

Executive produced by Elliot Page, the film is directed by Michael Mabbott and Lucah Rosenberg-Lee and will tell Shane's story "in her own unmistakable voice" through "never-before-heard conversations and dazzling animation," an NFB abstract reads.

The Canadian Press adds that an original score for the film will come from Murray A. Lightburn. The Dears vocalist previously composed music for a Heritage Minute about Shane, published by Historica Canada in 2022.

Born in Nashville, TN, Shane moved to Toronto in 1959, finding musical success with a fabled residency at the city's long-shuttered Sapphire Tavern in spite of discrimination from media and the public. Following what would be her final appearance on stage in December of 1971, Shane continued to call Toronto her second home.

Prior to her 2019 passing, interest in Shane's life and work followed 2017 Numero Group compilation Any Other Way, named for her biggest hit.

Last year, Shane was honoured with a historic plaque in downtown Toronto, unveiled at the site of the former Sapphire Tavern at Victoria and Richmond streets. Funds were raised for the plaque by Amanda Burt of Banger Films, a co-producer of the forthcoming Shane documentary.

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