Filmmaker fleshes out a family legend – Trevor Anderson creates a musical portrait of his great-uncle who leaped from prison to Broadway

Some tales are better sung than told.

Whether a musical stars Christ of Nazareth or the Wicked Witch of the West, biographies in song have a unique storytelling resonance. Music, after all, is more memorable than diction.

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Sarah Goodman

Sarah Goodman’s first feature documentary film, Army of One,was the winner of the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival Award for Best Canadian Feature in 2004. She was also nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Director the same year. The film aired internationally on such channels as the BBC, IFC, CBC, the Documentary Channel, and the Discovery Times Channel, and was released theatrically in New York, Toronto, and Vancouver, as well as touring festivals worldwide.

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The Globe & Mail: At TIFF 2011, short films are long on surprise

Short films don’t get as much buzz as feature films, but the Toronto International Film Festival is hoping to change that by rolling out a roster of 43 “powerful” films in this year’s Short Cuts Canada program.

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