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