[film] “Linda and the Mockingbirds” @ Roxie theatre // SF

Linda Ronstadt’s Musical Journey to Mexico, With a Bus of Young Bay Area Singers.

Sunday, July 18th at 2pm at the Roxie Theater.
Film duration: 60 minutes, English, Spanish w/ English subtitles.

 

 

About film:

Happy birthday to legendary musician Linda Ronstadt! Join us in celebrating her at a screening of ‘Linda and the Mockingbirds’. Linda Ronstadt is the subject of the new documentary “Linda and the Mockingbirds,” which explores her Mexican heritage.

Linda and The Mockingbirds pairs acclaimed musician Linda Ronstadt with Los Cenzontles (“mockingbirds” in the Nahuatl language), a band and music academy for young people in the San Francisco Bay Area. See photo bottom.

⁠The documentary follows Ronstadt and Los Cenzontles (“mockingbirds” in the Nahuatl language) on a road trip to Banámichi, Mexico, where Ronstadt’s grandfather was born.

Along the way, the pounding feet of zapateado dancers, the strumming of jarana and guitar, and a chorus of soulful voices celebrate pride and self-knowledge.⁠

 

See official trailer:

 

 

See video!

 

Details:

Linda and The Mockingbirds pairs acclaimed musician Linda Ronstadt with Los Cenzontles (“mockingbirds” in the Nahuatl language), a band and music academy for young people in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In this documentary by award-winning director and producer James Keach, Ronstadt, musician Jackson Browne, and a busload of Cenzontles journey to the little town of Banámichi in Sonora, Mexico, where Ronstadt’s grandfather was born.

The film details Ronstadt’s long friendship with Eugene Rodriguez, a third-generation Mexican-American and musician who founded Los Cenzontles thirty years prior to reconnect working-class kids with the dignity and beauty of their ancestral music and culture.

Along the way, the pounding feet of zapateado dancers, the strumming of jarana and guitar, the clacking buzz of the quijada, a donkey jawbone, and a chorus of soulful voices celebrate pride and self-knowledge with a solid, rootsy groove. “This is not Latin-ish ‘Dorito music,’ Ronstadt says of the film’s musical backbone. ‘This is Mexican music.’ “

Linda and the Mockingbirds is a song-soaked, foot-stomping trip straight to the heart of what it means to be Mexican—and American—and the complex joy of being both at the same time. Preceding the film is Good Morning Aztlan, a short film by Les Blank and Maureen Gosling featuring Los Cenzontles and Los Lobos performing Los Lobos’ 2002 song of the same name.

 

See second video!

  • Happy Birthday to Linda Ronstadt. She wrote the song with her father, Gilbert, years ago. Felicedades to David Hidalgo, Daniel Valdez, and Eugene Rodriguez for keeping this beautiful song alive!!!

 

Photo: Los Cenzontles.

  • James Keach, Linda and the Mockingbirds (still), USA, 2020, 60 minutes, English, Spanish w/ English subtitles. Courtesy of Los Cenzontles and PCH Films.