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Winner, DGC Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature Documentary
Top 20 Audience Favourite

Once you’ve heard Jackie Shane sing, you’ll never forget it. Yet, after shattering barriers as one of pop music’s first Black trans performers, this trail-blazing icon vanished from the spotlight at the height of her fame. From modest beginnings in Nashville, Shane soon recognized her talents and, in her late teens, made her way to Boston and Montreal, working the nightclub circuit while taking the stage with Frank Motley, a musician known for playing two trumpets at once. Her arrival in Toronto during its 1960s music explosion made her a highly sought-after headlining act who seemed destined to take her place among the R&B stars of the era. Blending her music with never-released phone conversations and soulful animated re-enactments, Any Other Way:?The Jackie Shane Story brings Shane back to life in her own words, finally providing the recognition she so rightly deserves and introducing her to a generation fighting for their right to be their true selves.

Distributor: NFB


  • Director(s)

    • Michael Mabbott
    • Lucah Rosenberg-Lee
  • Producer(s)

    • Amanda Burt
    • Sam Dunn
    • Scot McFayden
    • Michael Mabbott
    • Justine Pimlott
  • Executive Producer(s)

    • Scot McFadyen
    • Sam Dunn
    • Chanda Chevannes
    • Anita Lee
    • Elliot Page
    • Matt Jordan Smith
    • Martin Katz
    • Nia Long
    • CJ Mac
  • Writer(s)

    • Michael Mabbott
    • Lucah Rosenberg-Lee
  • Editor(s)

    • Mike Munn
  • Cinematography

    • Adam Crosby
  • Composer

    • Murray A. Lightburn
  • Animation Co-Director

    • Jared Raab
  • Animation Director

    • Luca Tarantini
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Promotional Partners

Canadian Spectrum Competition sponsored by


April 27 screening sponsored by

El Mocambo

April 28 screening sponsored by

Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television

Community Partner: Toronto Jazz Festival

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