CHULAS FRONTERAS AND DEL MERO CORAZON

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IN PERSON: FILMMAKERS MAUREEN GOSLING AND CHRIS STRACHWITZ WITH HARROD BLANK + LIVE MUSIC BY DUETO ARTE!

SATURDAY, SEPT. 28 • 4:15

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“The best visual record of Tex-Mex and Norteña music.”
– Ry Cooder 

“With great respect, the film captures the spirit of the border cantinas, the ranchos, and the backyard barbeques where the music is most alive.”
– Belinda Acosta, Austin Chronicle

From revered filmmaker Les Blank and El Cerrito-based Arhoolie Records’ Chris Strachwitz (This Ain’t No Mouse Music!, MVFF 2014), Chulas Fronteras (Beloved Borders), is a zesty introduction to Norteña music and the culture that exists along the Texas-Mexican border. The music is a fusion of traditional Mexican harmonies, German dancehall rhythms, and a little something extra. From soulful, lively dance tunes to political work songs, música Norteña has evolved since the turn of the 20th century into a unique Mexican-American hybrid. Blank links the music’s spirit and vitality to the strong family bonds of Tejanos. The plight of migrant workers adds a sobering backbeat to this joyous film. Featuring: Flaco Jiménez, Lydia Mendoza, Los Alegres de Terán, Narciso Martínez, Santiago Jiménez, Rumel Fuentes, Don Santiago Jiménez, Los Pingüinos del Norte, Ramiro Cavazos. Director: Les Blank and Chris Strachwitz. Assistant Editor: Maureen Gosling. (US 1976) 58 min.

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Del Mero Corazón (Straight from the Heart) is a lyrical journey through the heart of Chicano culture as reflected in the love songs of the Tex-Mex Norteña music tradition. Featuring: Little Joe & La Familia, Leo Garza, Chavela & Brown Express, Andrés Berlanga, Ricardo Mejîa, Conjunto Tamaulîpas. Directors: Les Blank, Maureen Gosling, Chris Strachwitz, and Guillermo Hernández. (US 1979) 28 min.

DUETO ARTE is an Exquisite experience of sounds from Mexico. The duet was formed in 2014 in the heart of the Mission as a fundamental urgency to bring to life all those compositions, all those lyrics, all those unique feelings that take our community to the heart of such a diverse culture. Dueto Arte’s repertoire includes several traditional Mexican rhythms, Boleros, Rancheras, Trova Yucateca, Canto Cardenche, etc.

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