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The Big Squeeze -Accordion Docu

katlaughing 06 Sep 09 - 01:00 AM
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Subject: The Big Squeeze -Docu
From: katlaughing
Date: 06 Sep 09 - 01:00 AM

Just saw this on our local PBS tonight. Well worth it: Big Squeeze. Here's the blurb:

The Big Squeeze, by famed director Hector Galán, documents Texas Folklife's statewide accordion contest for young musicians. It's a joyful leap into the heart of Texas music, from the urban barrios of Houston to the colonias along the U.S.-Mexican border where we find young players carrying on a passionate musical legacy fueled by family, friends and food, and then follow them as they do battle at the statewide throwdown.

The 26-minute film introduces the 2007 and 2008 contestants and their families as they prepare for the contest, interviews seasoned performers and judges, and concludes with footage of the contest held at Texas Folklife's Accordion Kings & Queens concert in Houston. Some of the prominent musicians featured in the film are Zydeco greats Chubby Carrier and Step Rideau, Tejano star Mingo Saldivar, and Country Western singer/songwriter Ginny Mac. The Big Squeeze was an "Official Selection" at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival.

Hector Galán is an award-winning filmmaker with over thirty years of experience. He has produced and directed eleven films for the PBS series Frontline, two films for The American Experience, and many critically acclaimed and award-winning independent films including A Migrant's Masterpiece: The Life and Legacy of Patrick Flores (2008), Los Lonely Boys: Cottonfields and Crossroads (2006), Accordion Dreams (2001) and Songs of the Homeland (1995). Galan's films and documentary series have won numerous awards such as Imagen, Cine Golden Eagle, Telly, the Golden Apple, and SXSW Best Documentary and Emmy nominations. The Big Squeeze is scheduled to appear on KLRU on May 3rd at 9:30pm. Check your local listings for additional PBS broadcasts.                     

The Big Squeeze and its Houston presentation are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art, the Houston Endowment, the Cogburn Family Foundation, the Still Water Foundation, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and Flashbang.

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Subject: RE: The Big Squeeze -Accordion Docu
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 10:04 PM

how can i get a copy of dvd with winner john ramirez

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Subject: RE: The Big Squeeze -Accordion Docu
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 02 Feb 10 - 03:35 PM

Contact Texas Folklife at 512.441.9255

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