Toronto, 1963. Jackie Shane - a black, queer, soul-singing, flamboyant Nashville-born, Toronto-based musician - had a hit song on the charts. The song was a sensation, and with the lyrics "Tell her that I'm happy, tell her that's I'm gay; tell her I wouldn't have it any other way", it was also an underground gay anthem. But before being able to fully enjoy the fruits of this success, Jackie suddenly disappeared.

Uncovering this forgotten piece of Toronto queer music history, artists Hortie and Reynolds recreate Jackie's story using original shadow puppets, overhead animation and stop motion techniques. Follow Jackie through the 1960s Toronto Yonge Street music scene, the tabloid rumours and scandals, to the mysterious disappearance. What ever happened to Jackie Shane? You have to watch to find out.

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  • Director: Sonya Reynolds

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