You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

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.

More Film

  • Rashida Jones John Lasseter

    Rashida Jones Denies That She Left 'Toy Story 4' Over Unwanted Advance From John Lasseter

    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 […]

  • Dominique McElligott

    Film News Roundup: Dominique McElligott, Beau Bridges Join Boyd Holbrook's 'Two/One'

    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 […]

  • Coco Pixar

    John Lasseter Allegations Cast Shadow Over Disney-Pixar's 'Coco' Debut

    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 […]

  • John Lasseter

    Pixar's John Lasseter Was the Subject of a 'Whisper Network' for More Than Two Decades

    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 […]

  • Andy Serkis Flarsky

    Andy Serkis Joins Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron in 'Flarsky'

    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 […]

  • John Lasseter Pixar

    John Lasseter Takes Leave of Absence From Disney/Pixar, Apologizes for Unwanted Hugs

    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 […]

  • at&t time warner merger

    AT&T-Time Warner Merger: Does the DOJ Have a Case?

    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 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content