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REEL DOCS Presents Music and Art Documentary Films

By Amy Cotler


REEL DOCS presents two documentary films that celebrate transcendent joy in music and art. On Tuesday, January 30, at 4pm. This Ain’t No Mouse Music! The Story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records by Maureen Goslin and Chris Simon tells the tale of Strachwitz, who has been recording the authentic pulses of American roots music since 1960. On Wednesday, January 31, at 4pm, A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone by Marlene “Mo” Morris explores the inspiring career of African American artist, educator, and muralist Edythe Boone.

Chris Strachwitz of This Ain’t No Mouse Music! is an obsessive sonic sleuth who ferrets out the authentic roots of American music. His label, Arhoolie Records, offers an unparalleled catalog of blues, Cajun, wild Hillbilly country, Tex-Mex, and New Orleans R&B. Strachwitz has produced hip-shaking albums that have helped preserve the wide diversity of American regional music and inspire a new generation of its stewards.

The film has won numerous awards, including Nashville Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize.

Edythe Boone is the indefatigable protagonist of A New Color. A predecessor to the Black Lives Matter movement, Boone has long embodied its rallying cry. For decades, the celebrated Bay Area muralist has introduced underserved youth and seniors to the transformative power of art. Filmed over three years, the documentary presents Boone as she engages with various social issues, including the death of her nephew Eric Garner to police brutality. The film shows how the work of one resilient woman reverberates throughout a community. Her extraordinary story shows not what it is to be black or to lose a loved one, but what it is to be human.

The film’s director/producer Marlene “Mo” Morris has been producing and editing videos for nonprofit and educational organizations for over seven years. In New Color, she uses her longstanding engagement with social justice activism to enrich her approach to documentary filmmaking. The film was a finalist for the CINE Golden Eagle Award for Independent and Emerging Media.

There will be a Q&A and margarita reception with the filmmaker following each screening. REEL DOCS donates proceeds from the screenings to the Biblioteca in support of children’s programming at the library.


Art and Music Documentary Films

This Ain’t No Mouse Music! The Story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records

Tue, Jan 30, 4pm

Q&A with filmmaker Maureen Goslin

A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone

Wed, Jan 31, 4pm

Q&A with filmmaker Marlene “Mo” Morris

La Biblioteca, Teatro Santa Ana

Reloj 50A

100 pesos per screening (includes margarita reception)


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