DVD Release! Screenings! & More!

C J Chenier on accordion

At long last, THIS AIN’T NO MOUSE MUSIC! will be available on DVD for home use, as well as educational. The DVD includes 32 minutes of great Bonus Scenes that we couldn’t fit in the film: CJ Chenier, son of Clifton Chenier; Mr. Chris’ trip through the South in 1960 with British Blues scholar, Paul Oliver; fiddler and accordion maker, Edward Poullard; the White Top Mountain Band playing for a flatfoot dance; never before seen footage of Blues singer Bukka White filmed by Les Blank; a second-line parade with the Treme Brass Band. You can soon be able to order the DVD for home use at nomousemusic.com. For educational use, please write to: edu@kinolorber.com

Feb. 21 – 22 – Long Beach, CA
The Art Theater
Feb. 24 – Bryn Mawr, PA
Bryn Mawr Film Institute with Gosling
March 3 – Oakland, CA
The New Parkway DVD Release Party
and Benefit for the Berkeley Film
Foundation – with Gosling, Strachwitz
March 11 – 21The Southern Circuit Tour
with Simon and Gosling
March 12: Madison-Morgan Cultural Center –
Madison GA
March 13: Hapeville GA
March 14: The Tennessee Valley Art Assoc./
Ritz Theatre – Sheffield AL
March 17: Western Carolina University –
Cullowhee NC
March 19: Robinson Film Center – Shreveport LA
March 20: Union College – Barbourville KY
March 29 – Sebastopol, CA
Sebastopol Film Festival
with Simon, Gosling and Strachwitz

In the works in May, a screening in Washington, DC sponsored by the Goethe Institut and a screening in San Antonio, as part of the Conjunto Festival – more details to come!

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Arhoolie Records has released a film soundtrack 2 CD set. The soundtrack includes complete songs, both live recordings made during film production, as well as Arhoolie recordings referenced in the film. In his inimitable fashion, Mr. Chris includes colorful, detailed liner notes and stories of each song. Order here!!

Coming to a Theatre Near You in Fall 2014!

mouse music finalWe are thrilled to announce that Argot Pictures has been busy arranging screenings of THIS AIN’T NO MOUSE MUSIC! in theatres in many cities this fall, 2014! And more to follow! Watch for personal appearances of the filmmakers and other guests and more details.

November 16 – Boston, MA: Brattle Theatre

November 16 & 23 – New York, NY: Symphony Space

December 5 -11 – Columbus, OH: Gateway Film Center

December 13 – Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Cinematheque

December 16 -19 – Albuquerque, NM: Guild Cinema


January 3 – Houston, TX: 14 Pews

January 19 – Anchorage, AK: Bear Tooth Theatre

January 26 – 31 – Holland, MI: Knickerbocker Theater


Sept. 11 – Hudson, NY: Time and Space Limited

Brass bandSept. 18 – El Cerrito: Rialto Cerrito Theatrea benefit for the Arhoolie Foundation. The filmmakers and Chris Strachwitz in person.

Sept. 19 – 26 – San Francisco Bay Area:

- San Francisco: Roxie Theatre – Maureen Gosling and the Creole Belles Cajun Band in person on Sept. 19. Chris Simon and the Familia Peña-Govea in person on Sept. 20

- San Rafael: Smith Rafael - HELD OVER TWO WEEKS – Chris Simon and guest Bonnie Raitt in person on Sept. 19. Maureen Gosling and HowellDevine in person on Sept. 20

- Sebastopol: Rialto - HELD OVER TWO WEEKS – The filmmakers, Chris Strachwitz and Cajun/Old Time fiddler Will Spires in person on Sept. 21.

Sept. 24 – Portland, OR: Hollywood Theatre

Sept. 26 – Oct. 2 – New York City: IFC Center Filmmakers and Strachwitz in person.

September 26 – October 2 - Homer, AK: Homer Documentary Festival – Homer Theatre

Sept 27 – Brooklyn, Pioneerworks: ArhoolieFest – a full day of film clips, music and food + screening. Filmmakers and Strachwitz in person.

Sept. 19 – Berkeley: Elmwood Theatre - HELD OVER THIRD WEEK – Chris Strachwitz and Cajun fiddler Michael Doucet in person on Sept. 19

Oct. 1 – 7 – Los Angeles: Downtown Independent Filmmakers and Strachwitz in person on opening night.

Oct. 8 – Minneapolis: Trylon Micro-Cinema

Bellingham, WA: Pickford Film Center

- Salt Lake City, UT: Utah Film Center – the filmmakers and Chris Strachwitz in person

Oct. 10 -16 – New Orleans, LA: Zeitgeist Gosling and Strachwitz in person.

Oct. 17-18 – Houston, TX: Rice University Cinema Gosling and Strachwitz in person. Reception with music by CJ Chenier

Nov. 7 – Stinson Beach, CA. Stinson Beach Documentary Film Festival. Gosling and Strachwitz in person.

For more screenings, as they are added: www.argotpictures.com

April Showers & May Flowers

UPCOMING! * means the filmmakers will be present

*May 16 – 17 – PORTLAND, OR – screenings at Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum and a Sat. workshop with the filmmakers

*May 4 – 6:45 pm – DOXA DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL, VANCOUVER, B.C. – The festival says of the film: “Chock full of laughter and gorgeous glorious sounds,…hot licks and serious soul.”


Crowd at AshlandFilm Festival 2014

*April 4 – 9 pm – ASHLAND INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL, ASHLAND, OR – The film packed the house of 400-450 people in the Historic Armory of downtown Ashland. The standing ovation didn’t hurt either! Gosling and Simon were delighted to spend time with friends and watch some other great documentaries, in the charming town, known for its Shakespeare Festival.


January News

Feb. 19 – DC Independent Film Festival – the filmmakers will be on hand. The film closes the festival on Feb. 23, Sunday, with live music afterwards: The Wild Anacostias.


Jan. 30 – the film played at the Rotterdam, Netherlands, International Film Festival in their Scopitone Cafe. We heard from various sources that it was a big success. We wish we’d been able to attend. One blogger posted that before the film he was kind of in a bland mood, represented by bland photos he was taking of stair cases in the theatre, but afterwards he started taking pictures of bright colorful lights and cheerful subject. “Your brain on THIS AIN’T NO….”

Jan. 21 – Chris and Maureen headed to Cajun country for the Louisiana premiere of THIS AIN’T NO MOUSE MUSIC at the Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival. The Festival is a unique Francophone festival with films from the area, as well as French Canada and Franc. We walked away with the Best Feature Documentary prize! We are duking it out over the prize – a wonderful a folk arty catfish sculpture. Ann Savoy, Michael Savoy and Wilson Savoy performed after the film, which closed out the festival, and folks were dancing in the aisles. We also experienced a rare ice and snow storm in southwest Louisiana!

Film Festivals


THIS AIN’T NO MOUSE MUSIC was enthusiastically received at the Viennale in Vienna with sell-out shows and at In-Edit music film festival in Barcelona. In Vienna six members of Chris Strachwitz’ family showed up. The filmmakers were feted wonderfully in each place.

We’re very excited to let you know that the film won an Audience Award for Documentary at the Mill Valley Film Festival!! We are also delighted that rocker Bonnie Raitt called the film “A masterpiece!”

The film also won a Special Jury Prize at the Dallas Video Festival!

Barcelona theaterWe are pleased to announce that THIS AIN’T NO MOUSE MUSIC! will be screening in the following festivals. Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling will be present at ones indicated by *!

Dec. 7 – Festival dei Popoli, Florence, Italy – the closing film of the festival!


*Jan. 22 – Lafayette Film Festival, Lafayette, Louisiana – more info to be announced!

And more to be announced!


*Thu, Oct. 31 – 4 pm – Urania Theater and *Fri., Nov. 1 – 11:30 pm at Stadtkino Künstlerhaus – Viennale, Vienna, Austria http://www.viennale.at/en/films/aint-no-mouse-music

*Sun., Oct. 27 – 8 pm and Sun. Nov. 3 – 6:15 pm – In-Edit International Music Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain – http://www.in-edit.org/webapp/pelicula?peli_id=786&ed_id=9

Sat. Oct. 26 – 5:45 pm – Gold Coast International Film Festival, Long Island, NY – http://prod5.agileticketing.net/WebSales/pages/info.aspx?evtinfo=16044~86d67872-6f2d-4a9e-bf7c-cf196e65798f&epguid=8e8b2a29-838c-4c68-adf3-006579576b20&

Sat., Oct. 19 – 6 pm – *Flatland Film Festival, Lubbock, TX – http://flatlandfilm.org/submissions.html

Fri., Oct. 18 – 8 pm – *Margaret Mead Film Festival, Natural History Museum – http://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films-a-z/this-ain-t-no-mouse-music

Sun., Oct. 13 – 7 pm – Portland Reel Film Festival, Northwest Film Center – http://nwfilm.org/screenings/51/527/

Sun., Oct. 13 – 8 pm and Thurs. Oct. 17 at 6: 15 pm – *Hot Springs Film Festival, Hot Springs, Ark. http://hsdff.tumblr.com/post/60459057077/this-aint-no-mouse-music-chris-simon-maureen

Sat., Oct. 12 – *Dallas Video Festival – Alamo Drafthouse DFW – We have won a Special Jury Award!

Fri., Oct. 11 – 3:30 pm – *Mill Valley Film Festival, Rafael Film Center, San Rafael

Tues., Oct. 8 – 6 pm – Mill Valley Film Festival, CA, Sequoia Theatre; 9 pm – Film Music Showcase at the Sweetwater

Thurs., Sept. 26 – 8:30 pm – Aspen Film Festival, CO, Isis Theatre – http://www.aspenfilm.org/index.php/ff13-film-guide-at-a-glance/549-ff13-thur-sept26-film-schedule/#thur-4