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Chris Simon, Maureen Gosling 
USA, 2013, 92 minutes

A rollicking history of famed roots music label, Arhoolie Records, and its founder Chris Strachwitz.

"The musical anthropologist Alan Lomax would have adored THIS AIN'T NO MOUSE MUSIC!" - The New York Times



    Long Beach, CA
    February 21-22, 2015
    Art Theatre

    Bryn Mawr, PA
    February 25, 2015
    Bryn Mawr Film Institute

    Sebastopol, CA
    March 29, 2015
    Sebastopol Documentary Festival

    Washington, DC
    May 6, 2015


    Holland, MI
    January 26-31, 2015
    Knickerbocker Theater

    Anchorage, AK
    January 19, 2015
    Bear Tooth Theatre

    Houston, TX
    January 15, 2015
    14 Pews

    Albuquerque, NM
    December 16-19, 2014
    Guild Cinema

    Cleveland, OH
    December 12, 2014
    Cleveland Cinematheque

    Columbus, OH
    December 5-11, 2014
    Gateway Film Center

    New York, NY
    November 16 & 23, 2014
    Symphony Space

    Boston, MA
    November 16, 2014
    Brattle Theatre

    Stinson Beach, CA
    November 7, 2014
    Stinson Beach Community Center

    New Orleans, LA
    October 10-21, 2014

    Houston, TX
    October 17-18, 2014
    Rice Cinema at Rice University

    Minneapolis, MN
    October 8, 2014
    Trylon Micro-Cinema
    Presented by Sound Unseen

    Salt Lake City, UT
    October 8, 2014
    Utah Film Center
    With Maureen Gosling, Chris Simon and Chris Strachwitz in person.

    Bellingham, WA
    October 8, 2014
    Pickford Film Center

    Los Angeles, CA
    October 1-9, 2014
    Downtown Independent

    Berkeley, CA
    September 19 - October 9, 2014
    Rialto Cinemas, Elmwood
    Friday 9/19 @ 7pm - Music by Michael Doucet. Post-screening Q&A with Chris Strachwitz

    New York, NY
    September 26 - October 2, 2014
    IFC Center

    Homer, AK
    September 26 - October 2, 2014
    Homer Documentary Festival - Homer Theatre

    Sebastopol, CA
    September 19 - October 2, 2014
    Rialto Cinemas, Sebastopol
    Sunday 9/21 @ 7pm - Music by Will Spires. Post-screening Q&A with Chris Simon & Maureen Gosling

    San Rafael, CA
    September 19-30, 2014
    Rafael Film Center
    Friday 9/19 @ 7pm - Q&A with Chris Simon & Bonnie Raitt. Co-director Chris Simon will be joined by film participant Bonnie Raitt for a discussion following the screening
    Saturday 9/20 @ 7pm - Music by Howell Devine. Post-screening Q&A with Chris Strachwitz & Maureen Gosling

    San Francisco, CA
    September 19-30, 2014
    The Roxie
    Friday 9/19 @ 7pm - Music by Creole Belles. Post-screening Q&A with Maureen Gosling
    Saturday 9/20 @ 7pm - Music by La Familia Peña Govea. Post-screening Q&A with Chris Simon

    Brooklyn, NY - SPECIAL EVENT
    September 27 @ 6pm
    Pioneer Works
    On Saturday 9/27 at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Argot Pictures and Rooftop Films are presenting a one-of-a-kind event celebrating the release of THIS AIN'T NO MOUSE MUSIC! and legendary music label ARHOOLIE RECORDS!

    The evening includes appearances by Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz and THIS AIN'T NO MOUSE MUSIC! directors Chris Simon & Maureen Gosling, screenings of rare performances from legendary Arhoolie artists such as, C.J. Chenier, Michael and David Doucet, Bukka White, Treme Brass Band, Lydia Mendoza, and many more, as well as two films by Les Blank (shown on 16mm): Chulas Fronteras (1976) and Del Mero Corazon (1979).

    The musical portion of the evening will include a special tribute to Lydia Mendoza by Las Rubias del Norte, a set of blues and roots music by singer Mamie Minch, rural Colombian Vallenato music by El Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica as well as special guests digging from the same rich catalog that made Arhoolie the defining label of regional roots music.

    Portland, OR
    September 24, 2014
    Hollywood Theatre

    El Cerrito, CA
    September 18, 2014
    Rialto Cinemas, El Cerrito
    With directors Maureen Gosling & Chris Simon and Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz in person

    Hudson, NY
    September 11-21, 2014
    Time & Space Limited


    Roots music icon Chris Strachwitz is a detective of deep American music - music that’s the antithesis of the corporate “mouse music” dominating pop culture.

    Born a German count, Strachwitz came to the US as a teenager in 1947. There he saw a film that would change his life forever: New Orleans, starring Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong. Since then, his life has been a relentless quest to track down and record the best of American roots music—New Orleans jazz, down home blues, Cajun, Zydeco, and Norteño.

    Strachwitz is the legendary founder of Arhoolie Records, the label that brought rural American music out of the shadows and into the limelight. He also brought rural musicians to Europe, introducing wildly enthusiastic audiences to the rhythms of bluesman Lightnin’ Hopkins, Zydeco king Clifton Chenier and others. In the process, he changed music in the US – and the world - forever. From Texas to New Orleans, Cajun country to Appalachia, join Ry Cooder, Richard Thompson, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Michael Doucet, the Pine Leaf Boys, Flaco Jiménez and the Treme Brass Band for a delightful hip-shaking romp, as Strachwitz continues his passionate quest for the musical soul of America.




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