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Music from the Big House


87 minutes – Documentary
Release date: August 13, 2010
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Rita Chiarelli, an award-winning recording artist, takes a pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues, Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary a.k.a Angola Prison. She never imagined that her love of the blues would lead her to a historic jailhouse performance with inmates serving life sentences for murder, rape and armed robbery. This musical journey is a glance into what used to be the bloodiest prison in America, but now gives lifers something to live for through the power of music. In contrast to sensational stories of convicts, we witness remarkable voices of hope as their love of music radiates humanity and redemption on their quest for forgiveness. This documentary is based on an original concept by Rita Chiarelli.

Music from the Big House, movie poster



Erin Faith Young
Jennifer St. John

Associate Producer:

Richard Meany


Bruce McDonald


Tony Burgess
Erin Faith Young


Steve Cosens


Eamonn O’Connor


Chris Guglick

Cast: Roles:

Rita Chiarelli