New Mariachi Miracle clip premieres in San Jose

Mariachi-Miracle-workshop-swA couple of weeks ago I traveled to San Jose, California’s VivaFest! to present a couple of teasers from The Mariachi Miracle (as the film is now called).

In the audience were students, parents,board members, an anthropology professor and one of his students, along with San Francisco Superintendent of Schools, Richard Carranza.

For me it was a litmus test for whether folks from outside Tucson would accept a film about what is going on in the mariachi and folklorico world of my city as something that reflects what has transpired in their own. Happy to report that they took that intuitive leap with me, and that they loved the idea of a followup film and book to investigate the larger picture of mariachi beginnings and cultural impact across America.

The clip I created for the San Jose audience focuses on mariachi education in general and in the workshops of the Tucson International Mariachi Conference.

This clip includes comments from former Tucson Unified School District assistant superintendent of schools Rebeca Montaño, Tucson High mariachi instructor Alberto Rangel, Pueblo High mariachi instructor John Contreras, student Araceli Valenzuela and the man who created the first college accredited mariachi program in America, Jeff Nevin.

Please enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOwYIu_QVPk

~ by Daniel Buckley on October 1, 2013.

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