The feature documentary This Ain't No Mouse Music!, which received a Humanities Texas media grant in 2005, will have its world premiere next month at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin.
The film chronicles the achievements of roots music icon Chris Strachwitz, founder of the independent record label Arhoolie Records. Over the past five decades, Strachwitz has recorded or re-released music by bluesmen Mance Lipscomb and Lightnin' Hopkins, Norteño musicians Flaco Jiménez and his brother Santiago Jiménez Jr., as well as Lydia Mendoza, Cajun musicians Michael Doucet and the Savoy Family, and Zydeco king Clifton Chenier.
The film features Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Flaco Jiménez, Michael Doucet, Richard Thompson, Santiago Jiménez Jr., The Pine Leaf Boys, and the Treme Brass Band. Musicians now gone—such as Lightnin' Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, and Clifton Chenier—come alive through rare photos and music from Strachwitz's vault.
The film will be screened multiple times during South by Southwest. See the Humanities Texas online events calendar for more information.