MUSIC FROM THE BIG HOUSE
Award-Winning Documentary + Live Music Performance
SUN JUN 10 / 2 PM
Followed by Q&A and performance by the film’s star legendary blues musician Rita Chiarelli
"Documentary filmmaking does not get any better than this. This is one of those documentaries that deserve to be seen by everyone." — Cine Source Magazine
"You won't be the same once you've seen it." —See Magazine
Canada's most highly acclaimed female roots and blues artist Rita Chiarelli performs live along with a screening of the riveting and award-winning documentary Music from the Big House, recorded live at the Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary. From acclaimed director Bruce McDonald, comes a rare and exclusive musical journey. Rita Chiarelli, an award-winning recording artist, takes a pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues, Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary a.k.a Angola Prison. She never imagined that her love of the blues would lead her down legendary Highway 61 to a historic jailhouse performance with inmates serving life sentences. This musical journey is a glance into what used to be the bloodiest prison in America, but now gives lifers something to live for through the power of music. In contrast to sensational stories of convicts, we witness remarkable voices of hope as their love of music radiates humanity and redemption on their quest for forgiveness. Their shared bond of music, and Chiarelli's ebullient personality, draw striking revelations from the inmates. Rather than sensational stories of convicts, we witness remarkable voices of hope as their love of music radiates humanity and redemption on their quest for forgiveness. For this one-time event, Chiarelli will be present, performing and conducting a Q&A. This is a rare opportunity and certainly not one to be missed.