Let the Canary Sing

Let the Canary Sing

26th TIDF: Greek Premiere

A fast-paced and music-rich portrait of uncompromising American singer Cyndi Lauper chronicling her meteoric ascent to stardom and her profound impact on generations through her music, ever-evolving punk style, unwavering feminism, and tireless advocacy. Through exclusive never-before-seen footage, candid interviews, and untold stories, we follow Cyndi as she fearlessly blazes her own trail – from her upbringing in a lower- class Queens neighborhood through her rebellious youth pushing back against intolerance, to achieving chart-topping success in her 30s, and continuing to create, innovate, and champion her beliefs four decades later. Alison Ellwood’s spirited endeavor takes the audience on a nostalgic exploration, with a boisterous narrative anchored by the inimitable Lauper herself.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Alison Ellwood
Cinematography: Michelle McCabe
Editing: Juli Vizza
Sound: Dennis Haggerty
Music: Wendy Blackstone
Actors: Cyndi Lauper
Production: Fine Point Films
Producers: Trevor Birney, Alison Ellwood, Eimhear O'Neill, Andrew Tully
Co-producers: Maggie Piazza Carroll
Executive producer: Tom MacKay, Richard Story, Rebecca Teitel, Sophia Dilley, Wesley Adams, Lisa Barbaris, Gregory P. Cimino
Format: DCP
Color: Color, B&W
Production Country: USA, UK
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 96'
Contact: Dogwoof

Alison Ellwood


2011 Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place (co-direction) 2016 Spring Broke
2017 American Jihad
2020 The Go-Go's
2023 Let the Canary Sing