Where You’re Meant to Be, the debut feature from filmmaker Paul Fegan will receive its North American at Chicago Film Festival this year, screening at 7.45pm on Tuesday 18th October and 12pm on Wednesday 19th October.
The film, which premiered at Glasgow Film Festival in 2015 before appearing at a number of festivals across the UK, follows Scottish cult-pop raconteur and former Arab Strap frontman Aidan Moffat as he tours Scotland in 2014, performing his modern re-interpretations of old folk songs. It was meant to be a tour that celebrated communities and lore. But just before they hit the road, Moffat met Sheila Stewart: a 79-year-old force of nature, the last in a line of travelling folk royalty, and a balladeer whose life – and unexpected death, in 2014 – upturned Moffat’s folk assumptions, and diverted the course of the film.
The ensuing film is a warm-hearted journey through music, mortality, landscape and time. Following a wonderful reception from critics and audiences in the UK, Paul says he is delighted that Where You’re Meant to Be should be having its first international screening in Chicago, to America.
“The city itself has always been one of the most creative places anywhere and one which has been personally inspiring for me. So it’s a real honour to have my first ever feature documentary play its international premiere in Chicago.”
Paul will be attending the festival alongside the band from the film.
Full details of the screening and the rest of the programme can be found at the Chicago Film Festival website.