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Mariachis Transform Tucson – a documentary

A project in Tucson, AZ by Daniel Buckley
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Mariachis Transform Tucson is a documentary film on how mariachis have changed attitudes and economic opportunities for Latinos.
Backers: 109
Average Pledge Per Backer: $139

Funded: $15,201 of $15,000
Dates: Apr 22nd -> Jun 21st (60 days)
Project By: Daniel Buckley
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Latest News

Looks like we made it.

June 21st - via: kickstarter.com
Looks like we made it, with a little bit to spare. I want to thank everyone on Facebook, Twitter and LinkenIn for all the help and support with this – both those who were able to contribute and those who shared it with others who might. Without all... (Read More)

Last day

June 21st - via: kickstarter.com
It's the final day of the Kickstarter campaign and I find myself overwhelmed by the support that people have shown. These are tough times. No doubt about it. But people have shown uncommon generosity to make this happen. And happen it will, one way... (Read More)

Cool stuff ahead

June 19th - via: kickstarter.com
We're down to roughly 48 hours before the end of the Kickstarter campaign and while there's a ways to go, I remain hopeful and optimistic that we'll make it. I want to sincerely thank all of you who have contributed to make this film happen. These... (Read More)

Kickstarter campaign for mariachi documentary in final stretch

June 19th - via: azstarnet.com
With less than 56 hours left to go in his Kickstarter campaign, local filmmaker Daniel Buckley has reached out to the Facebook community to help him get his documentary on mariachi music in Tucson off the ground. (Read More)

Media steps up to support mariachi film Kickstarter in final days

June 18th - via: kickstarter.com
The Tucson Weekly put in another last ditch plug for the Mariachis Tranform Tucson Kickstarter project. Many thanks to David Mendez for that:... (Read More)

The story line grows a little bit richer

June 16th - via: kickstarter.com
Something I have learned from making six documentaries is that opening them up to the community always means folks will let you know about stories you may have missed. Sometimes its a key player in the early days of Tucson's mariachi and folklorico... (Read More)

Storm clouds brew in Tucson

June 15th - via: kickstarter.com
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Tuson Sentinel publishes story on mariachi film, Kickstarter campaign

June 15th - via: kickstarter.com
Molly Baker, writer for the online news journal The Tucson Sentinel, has written a beautiful piece on this upcoming mariachi film and the Kickstarter campaign underway to get things rolling along, Check it out at:... (Read More)

Dan Buckley wants to Kickstart mariachi documentary

June 15th - via: tucsonsentinel.com

After more than 30 years of reporting on the mariachis of Tucson, Daniel Buckley has seen the traditional music revive a culture that was nearly forgotten and lift a population that was in danger of losing its voice. With his next film he hopes to share the story of how the mariachi movement saved Tucson.

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Buckley on Bill Buckmaster radio show

June 13th - via: kickstarter.com
Many thanks to Bill Buckmaster for having me on his radio show on KVOI (AM 1030) in Tucson today to talk about the film and this Kickstarter campaign to support it.  It was an auspicious day to be on the show as today is the 49th birthday of... (Read More)

Screen grabs from recent interview and events

June 13th - via: kickstarter.com
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John Huerta tells Ronstadt story

June 13th - via: kickstarter.com
As Day 8 in the countdown dawns on the deadline for this Kickstarter project, I spent yesterday afternoon with local legend John Huerta, who talked Linda Ronstadt into making her wildly popular "Canciones de Mi Padre" and "Mas Canciones" recordings.... (Read More)

Mil gracias

June 13th - via: kickstarter.com
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9 Days left

June 12th - via: kickstarter.com
9 Days Left in the project campaign and still a lot of ground to pick up, but I remain optimistic that we will make it to the goal by June 21. Meanwhile the death of Leo Carrillo – father of Mariachi Cobre members Randy and Steve Carrillo – has... (Read More)

Passing of key mariachi dad adds urgency to project

June 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
The recent passing of Leo Carrillo – father of Mariachi Cobre members Randy and Steve Carrillo – highlights why this film and the Kickstarter campaign to support it are so ungently needed now. Randy and Steve were early members of Tucson's first... (Read More)

Singer Linda Ronstadt endorses Buckley's mariachi film

May 31st - via: kickstarter.com
"Dan Buckley knows this material inside and out, backwards and forward. He was on the scene when the Changuitos Feos and the first mariachi conferences began in Tucson and has had a chance to witness over a long period of time the positive effect it... (Read More)

Some more early photos of Los Changuitos Feos

May 28th - via: kickstarter.com
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A few photos from the history books

May 28th - via: kickstarter.com
Here are some early photos of Los Changuitos Feos – Tucson's first youth mariachi. Recognize anyone? A few more will be added strictly for project backers.  (Read More)

Getting ready for graduation

May 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
Pueblo High School's Mariachi Aztlan gets ready to play Pomp and Circumstance at graduation Thursday night. Backers get to watch a clip from the rehearsal. Daniel Buckley has been interviewing mariachi seniors over the past week about their mariachi... (Read More)

Rehearsing for graduation

May 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
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And another clip

May 19th - via: kickstarter.com
Last folklorico for today.  (Read More)

Another clip

May 19th - via: kickstarter.com
This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read. (Read More)

Some more clips from Ballet Folklorico Los Diablitos Azules

May 19th - via: kickstarter.com
Here's a few more clips for backers of the project only. I will be adding similar backers-only clips of mariachis from recent events over the next week. Thank you all for your support!  (Read More)

A taste of high school folklórico dance

May 19th - via: kickstarter.com
A taste of Ballet Folklórico Los Diablitos Azules de Sunnyside High performing Friday night. Folklorico programs and their impact are as much a part of this film as mariachi programs. More excerpts on the backers page.  (Read More)

Thank you! On we go!

May 17th - via: kickstarter.com
This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read. (Read More)

4th anniversary of the Tucson Citizen's closing

May 15th - via: kickstarter.com
Today is the fourth anniversary of my last day of work at the Tucson Citizen newspaper. Tomorrow from 5 p.m. on former Citizen staffers will gather at the Shanty to raise a glass, hug, and remember the good times and people we knew there. I spent 22... (Read More)

Calexico's Joey Burns endorses "Mariachis Transform Tucson!"

May 15th - via: kickstarter.com
Some days things happen that just blow you away. Today was one of those. I've been jumping from appointment to appointment all day when I took a moment to look at my email. It said I had a new backer in the Kickstarter campaign – Joey Burns of... (Read More)

More mega-filming in progress

May 13th - via: kickstarter.com
This is the hurricane season of Tucson's mariachi world, with more events and performances than you can shake a stick at, and I've been hustling around trying to catch as much of it as I can. The big event this past weekend was Sunnyside High... (Read More)

More mariachi photos

May 9th - via: kickstarter.com
Here's some more photos from the recent Tucson International Mariachi Conference:  (Read More)

Mariachi Conference Participant Showcase, Pt. 2

May 8th - via: kickstarter.com
Here's more highlights, this time from the second half of the Participant Showcase of the 2013 Tucson International Mariachi Conference. Once again, the clips were too long to go on Kickstarter so use the provided link to get there.... (Read More)

Participant Showcase video Part 1

May 7th - via: kickstarter.com
Here's a few highlights from the first half of the 2013 Tucson International Mariachi Conference's Participant Showcase concert. The file was a little too big to fit on KickStarter, so click ... (Read More)

Mariachi conference reflections part 2 - the participant showcase

May 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
In my thirty plus years of covering mariachis, the event at the Tucson International Mariachi Conference that I most look forward to is the participant showcase. This is where the students who have gone to the workshops all week get to show off their... (Read More)

Looking at the mariachi conference workshops

April 29th - via: kickstarter.com
I took some time today to reflect on this year's mariachi conference workshops where some 700 mariachi and folklorico dance students got the chance to learn new repertoire and some tips on technique from the masters. This has been the focal point of... (Read More)

Afterglow of the mariachi conference

April 29th - via: kickstarter.com
My induction into the hall of fame was the smallest corner of the 2013 Tucson International Mariachi Conference. Over 700 mariachi and folklorico students from around the U.S. got to spend three days in workshops studying with members of Mariachi Sol... (Read More)

Mariachi Hall of Fame recipients

April 28th - via: kickstarter.com
The Tucson International Mariachi Conference' Hall of Fame, into which filmmaker Daniel Buckley was inducted on April 26, 2013, is a who's who of the mariachi world. The list includes such notables as Linda Ronstadt, folklorico dance educator Rafael... (Read More)

Buckley inducted into the Mariachi Conference Hall of Fame

April 28th - via: kickstarter.com
On Friday, April 26, 2013 Tucson International Mariachi Conference board president Alfonso Dancil inducted documentary maker Daniel Buckley into the Mariachi Conference Hall of Fame. The award was given for over 30 years of coverage of mariachis... (Read More)

Need More Reasons to Support Daniel Buckley's Kickstarter campaign? How About One Freaking Cool Award

April 28th - via: tucsonweekly.com
TUCSON, AZ - First, let's offer our congratulations. Over the weekend, filmmaker, writer and former Tucson Citizen staffer Daniel Buckley, was inducted into the Mariachi Hall of Fame by national mariachi conference board president Alfonso Dancil during the 2013 Espectacular Concert on Friday, April 26. He's raising $15,000 to help get a documentary off the ground on Tucson's mariachi history and how it transformed the city, how we look at Mexican-American culture and generations of Mexican-American youth who've gone on to do amazing things in their lives — politics, law, medicine and more. (Read More)

Danny Martin's button designs

April 24th - via: kickstarter.com
Wanted folks to see the reward buttons Tucson artist Danny Martin has designed for this Kickstarter project. Check 'em out!  (Read More)

Mariachi workshop photos

April 24th - via: kickstarter.com
Backers have access to more. Help make this film come to fruition!  (Read More)

Mariachi Conference under way

April 24th - via: kickstarter.com
Students flocked back by the hundreds today to the Tucson International Mariachi Conference as workshops began with some of the best local and national talent in the mariachi and folklórico worlds. Jose Hernandez and Mariachi Sol de Mexico are... (Read More)

Kickstarter project begins as Mariachi Conference starts

April 23rd - via: kickstarter.com
As this Kickstarter project to help my film on the mariachi's impact on Tucson begins, so does the 32nd Tucson International Mariachi Conference. Wednesday students will arrive for workshops with some of the finest mariachis in America, as they have... (Read More)

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