VISITING ARTISTS—As a teenager in 1947, Chris Strachwitz migrated from Germany to the United States, where 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 folk music roots—New Orleans jazz, down home blues, Creole, Cajun, zydeco, Tex-Mex, norteño, and more. A true detective of sounds, Strachwitz is the legendary record producer and founder of Arhoolie Records, the label that brought rural American music out of the shadows and into the limelight. In the process, he changed music in America forever. Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Michael Doucet, The Pine Leaf Boys, Flaco Jiménez, and CJ Chenier join in this rich Strachwitz-guided tour of the sounds and rhythms of our country.
Appears in: Reel Music Festival 31
Other Films by Maureen Gosling
Les Blank’s portrait of Leon Russell went unreleased for 40 years before hitting the screen. Russell, who also coproduced the project, wasn’t happy with the result, so questions of rights and differences of opinion meant that only a handful of people ever saw the film. Blank shot the footage between 1972 and 1974 while living …