Maureen Gosling


Maureen Gosling has been a documentary filmmaker since 1972 and is best known for her twenty-year collaboration with acclaimed independent director, Les Blank (Burden of Dreams, Always for Pleasure). Gosling has also been sought after as an editor, working with such directors as Jed Riffe (Waiting to InhaleCalifornia’s “Lost” Tribes), Tom Weidlinger (Heart of the Congo, A Dream in Hanoi), Shakti Butler (The Way Home), Mo Morris (A New Color), Ashley James (Bomba: Dancing the Drum), Amie Williams (Stripped and Teased) and Luke Griswold-Tergis (Smoking’ Fish). Her work has often focused on themes of people and their cultural values, music as cultural expression and the changing gender roles of men and women. Her films have been seen in countless film festivals around the world, on national public and cable television, on television in Europe, Australia and Asia, and have been distributed widely to educational institutions.

Gosling’s Blossoms of Fire, a feature documentary filmed and edited completely on 16mm, represented her debut as a Producer/Director. The film is a celebratory tribute to the Isthmus Zapotec people of southern Oaxaca, Mexico. Blossoms of Fire garnered rave reviews, charming audiences from San Diego to Marseille. Among its awards, the film won the Coral Award for Best Documentary by a Non-Latino Director about Latin America at the Havana International Film Festival. The film has also been broadcast on HBO Latino, Spanish, Swedish and Maori Television channels.

Gosling’s film, This Ain’t No Mouse Music! The Story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records (which she directed with Chris Simon), premiered at SXSW and was an Audience Favorite at Hot Docs. The film was broadcast on AxisTV.

Recently, Gosling was Co-Creator and Editor on Frances Causey’s The Long Shadow and Editor on Stephanie Welch’s A Dangerous Idea. She has three films in development as Direcor: Barbara Dane: How Long; Bamako Chic, with Maxine Downs; and Report from a Shaken Town.




A Skirt Full Of Butterflies
Bamako Chic
Blossoms Of Fire
This Ain’t No Mouse Music


A Poem Is A Naked Person (With Les Blank)
Always For Pleasure (With Les Blank)
Burden Of Dreams (With Les Blank)
Chulas Fronteras (With Les Blank)
Del Mero Corazon (With Les Blank)
Dry Wood (With Les Blank)
Gap-Toothed Women (With Les Blank, Chris Simon, and Susan Kell)
Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers (With Les Blank)
Hot Pepper (With Les Blank)
Huey Lewis And The News: BEFORE! (With Les Blank, Chris Simon, and Susan Kell)
In Heaven There Is No Beer? (With Les Blank)
J’ai Ete Au Bal/ I Went To The Dance (With Les Blank and Chris Strachwitz)
Julie: Old Time Tales of the Blue Ridge (With Les Blank, Cece Conway, and Alice Gerrard)
Marc & Ann
 (With Les Blank and Chris Simon)
My Old Fiddle: A Visit With Tommy Jarell in the Blue Ridge (With Les Blank)
Roots Of Rhythm (With Gene Rosow, Howard Dratch, and Les Blank)
Sprout Wings And Fly (With Les Blank, Cece Conway, and Alice Gerrard)
The Maestro: King Of The Cowboy Artists (With Les Blank and Chris Simon)
Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (With Les Blank)
Yum, Yum, Yum! (With Les Blank)
Ziveli! Medicine For The Heart (With Les Blank)

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