Daniel Buckley’s “Tucson’s Heart and Soul, El Casino Ballroom” documentary film Kickstarter Project needs help!

“Tucson’s Heart and Soul, El Casino Ballroom” documentary producer Daniel Buckley

“Tucson’s Heart and Soul, El Casino Ballroom” documentary producer Daniel Buckley



Dan Buckley here.

We are half-way through a Kickstarter project to help support the final push to complete the El Casino Ballroom documentary, which will premiere in August. And we need your help to raise the remaining $6000.00 by July 7.

For those not familiar with Kickstarter, it’s a new way of raising support for creative projects through something called “crowd funding.” People chip in whatever amount they want, from $1 up toward the fundraising goal. If the goal is not reached in the 30 days allotted, no one is charged anything. If you contribute and it IS funded, you get one of a variety of rewards outlined in the link below. Please click the link, watch the video and see what you think.


Mari Herreras of the Tucson Weekly recently wrote an article on the documentary and the Kickstarter project, linked below:


The funds raised will go toward finishing the editing of the film, paying for transcription of all of the interviews involved, renting the Fox Theatre so that the premiere can be a free event AND the hiring of three young interns to participate in the film’s creation. Two of the interns will come from Tucson’s now-banned Mexican American Studies program. The third will be a high school graduate starting a journalism program at college in the fall.

There’s a whole lot of rewards offered, ranging from the DVD of this and other Cine Plaza at the Fox documentaries to opportunities to attend portions of the filming of the documentary, credit in the film and much more.

All of the raw footage and all of the transcripts from the interviews will be turned over to the Arizona Historical Society for research and inclusion in other people’s future projects.

El Casino Ballroom turns 65 this year, and has been the home to more musical and cultural celebrations than just about any landmark in the city. Become part of preserving and celebrating its history by supporting this project in any way that you can. And please forward this to other friends who may be interested.

The film is being produced in partnership with CHISPA, The Fox Tucson, KXCI Radio, and the Arizona Historical Society with additional support from the Tucson Pima Arts Council‘s PLACE Initiative Grant. This will be the fifth installment of the Cine Plaza at the Fox documentary series.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Thank you so much!


Daniel Buckley

Documentary maker


~ by Daniel Buckley on June 20, 2012.

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