Matson hears ‘Music’

Acquires docu 'Big House'

Matson Films has acquired the documentary “Music From the Big House” for a domestic theatrical release on more than 100 screens beginning in June.

The film, which focuses on a concert at Angola State Penitentiary by Canadian blues artist Rita Chiarelli together with prison inmates, will coincide with a 70-city tour of live performances by Chiarelli across the country.

“Music From the Big House,” directed by Bruce McDonald (“Roadkill”), explores a decade-long effort by Chiarelli to put on a concert with the inmates, rather than for them.

“When I discovered the music coming out of Angola from such legendary artists as Lead Belly, Odea Mathews, Robert Pete Williams and Hogman Maxey, including some of the John and Alan Lomax recordings, I wanted to know, ‘Who are the musician inmates there today’?” said Chiarelli, who spent years getting to know those inmates.

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