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Affirmations and Surprises

Following the transformational trail of Tucson’s youth mariachi and folklórico dance movement

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Local documentary producer, writer and music critic, Daniel Buckley, will share the story of the Tucson youth mariachi movement. He is currently in production on his eighth documentary, The Mariachi Miracle, which traces the impact of youth mariachis and folklórico dance groups on the social economic, educational, political and artistic fabric of Tucson, Arizona.

About Daniel Buckley:
Producer/director Daniel Buckley is currently in production on his 8th documentary film, The Mariachi Miracle, which traces the impact of youth mariachis and folklórico dance groups on the social, economic, educational, political and artistic fabric of Tucson.
Buckley spent over 30 years as a music journalist, and later multimedia developer for newspapers in Tucson, Arizona and national magazines. During his nearly 23 years with the Tucson Citizen he developed a deep interest in Tucson’s traditional Mexican and Native American cultural expressions.
After the Citizen closed in 2009, Buckley created the Cine Plaza at the Fox documentary series, focusing on the living history of Tucson’s Mexican American community. Five films have been generated in that series, including the 2012 film Tucson’s Heart and Soul: El Casino Ballroom, which tells the multicultural history of the storied venue. Buckley has also created a number of documentary projects for the Arizona Historical Society, the Arizona State Museum, the Pima County on Aging and the January 8th Foundation.
In 2013, the Tucson International Mariachi Conference inducted Buckley into its Mariachi Hall of Fame, and in 2014 he was named Artist of the Year at the Arizona Governor’s Arts Awards for his work as a writer, composer, filmmaker, performance artist, and photographer.

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