Music from the Big House

In Music From the Big House, Rita Chiarelli, Canada’s Queen of the Blues, takes a pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues, Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary a.k.a Angola Prison – what used to be the bloodiest prison in America. Rita’s trip turns into a historic jailhouse performance – playing with inmates serving life sentences. Their shared bond of music, and Chiarelli’s vivacious 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.

Rita Chiarelli will host a workshop at NW Documentary, alongside our DIY Documentary Instructor Jay Cornelius, and share the story of her experience making a passion project, performing with inmates at Angola, become a reality AND a documentary film. The workshop will be held Saturday, 6/23, from 10am-12pm. $15 members/$30 non-members. Click here to register.

As part of the NW Documentary Film Series, Music From the Big House will screen at the Hollywood Theatre on Friday, 6/22, with a live performance from Rita! Click here to watch the trailer for Music from the Big House.

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