Apollo 18 series gets new twist

•February 2, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Photographic series conceived in one way, over time, take new form.

The concept evolves, along with technique, and the crosstalk of work in other media feeds back into the original idea.

My Bewilderness series, which was originally conceptualized as models doing bewildering things in the desert and other wilderness settings, has taken a variety of different twists since it began a few years back. Now my Apollo 18 series is also undergoing similar transformation.

Begun in 2014, Apollo 18 was intended to photograph places where astronauts for America’s Apollo lunar landing program trained, but with an artistic rather than scientific eye. The series was informed by the look of photographs from the moon landings, particularly with respect to panoramic photos created from images shot on the moon.

But of late I’m starting to realize that experiments with a new line of photographic post-production technique are resulting in images that bear their own similarity to photos taken on the moon, and make the earth look like an alien world.
I called one recent batch from the series “On the Other Moon.”

Science doubters sometimes point to the fact that Apollo photos show the blackness of space but never stars as “evidence” that the moon landings were faked. But what they don’t realize is that the astronauts were shooting in bright sunlight, and the camera sensitivity was adjusted for that bright light source. And just as you don’t see stars in daylight because your eyes are adjusted to the sun, even though the stars are just as present in the sky, so it was on the moon when we put the first boot prints on the lunar surface.

While the Apollo photos generally appear to be black and white images, often the limited tones of the lunar surface are the true source of that color illusion.


Texas Canyon, Arizona

Texas Canyon, Arizona

For quite some time now I have been producing images shot in broad daylight and then converted in Adobe Photoshop to gray scale (B&W). The originals were shot in Camera Raw, which affords a great deal of flexibility in manipulating the image in post-production. When one converts to gray scale, a group of sliders comes up allowing one to mix the relative strength of the various colors of the original color image being converted to black and white. By turning the blue of the sky all the way down (or nearly so) and similarly reducing cyan (the blueish color of water vapor in the air and other sources of reflection from the sky), the illusion of a black sky similar to that photographed on the moon is achieved.

Adjusting the various other color strengths creates whole new ways of manipulating the composition of the photo. And in the end, they look as though they have been photographed in moonlight, or perhaps on another world.

Treated in such fashion, Arizona’s desert plants and geologic features take on a 1950s science fiction quality. It’s a new way of looking at the southwestern U.S. and seeing it for its other-worldly beauty, and in doing so, connect the series to photos from man’s first excursion to another world.

Strategies for creative success

•November 18, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Bos-Bridge_Sunset-25-DSC7360a1-sw-dbaStrategies for creative success

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  1. Educate yourself. Continue studying your craft every day. There is always more to learn, especially where technology intersects with your work.
  2. Develop habits that save time and grief. As a film maker, my most useful habit is always asking anyone I interview to speak and spell their name first thing when I start filming them. This also allows me a few seconds to get a natural voice settings, but mostly it’s about putting key information in a standard spot. Another example is the way I always organize my camera bag so that every piece of gear is put back in a specific spot. When I need something I know exactly where it is. Once habits like this are developed you’re always ready to move forward with confidence. For artists in other media the habits might include how you array your tools and brushes, how you clean your tools, etc. Working in your field will inform the habits you should cultivate. Consistency is key.
  3. Work simultaneously on several projects. The cross-talk between unrelated projects gives you insights that always filter back into your main work. In addition to film making I am always working on still photography and sound projects. Visualize and take steps toward your next major project while you work on the current one.
  4. A-Mtn-North-9740-05-sw-dbaWork every day. Some days you may do more, some less, but try to get at least something done every day.
  5. Find joy in what you do. If it doesn’t make you happy why are you doing it? Financial success is fleeting and rare. Joy need not be.
  6. Cultivate friendships with other creative folks. Nothing helps more than sharing what you do and collaborating with others. New perspectives are always key to creative success.
  7. Learn a language other than your own. Another way of developing new perspectives and expanding and sharpening your mind.
  8. Bos-Bridge-DSC2411_DSC0969a-2-sw-dbaTake care of your body, mind and spirit. There is only one of you, and if you’re not firing on all cylinders you’re holding yourself back. You don’t have to be fanatical about it, but strike a healthy balance of work, exercise, reading, and other expansive activities.
  9. Involve yourself in projects that push your limits. What’s the point of doing what you know how to do over and over? Failure often leads to spectacular progress. And neither comes without trying new things.
  10. Take time for you when you feel you need it. Nobody knows what’s going on within you like you. Sometimes you just need to back away in order to reengage stronger down the line.
  11. Sleep. Nothing repairs your body, keeps up the immune system and energizes your work like sleep. All of us get out of whack when a big project is about to culminate. Remember to take time to rest wherever you can. So much more will get done.
  12. Dream. Dreaming is huge to creative folks. Put together lists of what you might do if you had unlimited funds, and gradually make your dreams happen.
  13. Saguaros-SR_DSC9926-1-sw-dbaObserve and experience the world around you. Engorge your senses. See how light and shadow reveal the world. Hear the sounds of nature, industry and silence. Touch the many textures of your world. Feel the warmth of the sun on your skin and the chill of winter. Nothing moves the creative juices like the experience of the real world.
  14. Plot out your life on multiple fronts. Look ahead to what anniversaries might be coming up in upcoming years, and how they might intersect with your work. Map out festivals, workshops and other important events coming up.
  15. Develop goals, and strategies to meet them. Neither works without the other.
  16. Keep a journal of your progress. Every day jot down some of the key things you got done in your work and in your life.
  17. Buckley-Moon-Camera-DSC6721-DSC8503-02-1-swTake stock of your accomplishments and review your work periodically. It’s a good idea at the end of the year to look back at the accomplishments you noted in your journal. This will help you update your resume, see trends in your work, and map out strategies for the year ahead.
  18. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Refine your skills often. Work on turning weaknesses into strengths.
  19. Be limber: You’ll never survive the gale force winds of change if you don’t learn to bend. Be willing to embrace shifting circumstances and gradually turn them to your design. Let disasters in your life become lessons that inform your work, and your work will always speed your recovery from them.
  20. Revisit older work: Doing so gives you perspective on your artistic growth. See how you solved problems in the past and compare that to what you can do now. You may even find that you had a great idea a while back, and now know how to follow through on it.
  21. Know your worth. Don’t be afraid to ask for it in financial dealings. Likewise, don’t be afraid to walk away from a deal that doesn’t pay you what you know you should be paid. Other things will come up. Doing a favor for someone of limited means who is starting out is one thing. Being taken advantage of is another.
  22. Experiment. Let your art be your chemistry set. Take cues from things you see and experience in your life. Combine the unlikely to find new visions.
  23. Ballet Folklorico Tapatio

    Ballet Folklorico Tapatio

    Serve your community. Few things pay bigger dividends (not least of all personal satisfaction) than helping your community. There are so many ways to do so. Find what works for you, and you’ll discover that the support goes both ways.

  24. Be patient. Huge point. Nothing comes quickly. Identify a path and keep moving in that general direction, even if you have to take a different route along the way. In time you’ll get to where you need to be.
  25. Be generous with others. Share your talents and especially your knowledge freely. When you stop looking at others as competition you free yourself up to be a better person and artist.
  26. Be grateful. Express gratitude to those who help you. A few meaningful words from you might be all the encouragement someone else needs. And people always are willing to go the extra mile for those who express gratitude for their help.
  27. Communicate. Probably the most important thing in life. Communicate with your audience, your friends, your family, your loved ones. The more you hold back the more likely missteps are to happen.
  28. The Agave Goddess mural by Cyfi Rock Martinez, 2016 Tucson Arts Brigade

    The Agave Goddess mural by Cyfi Rock Martinez, 2016 Tucson Arts Brigade

    Look to others for inspiration. None of us holds the world’s secrets. Look at other people’s work. Read. Attend lectures and films. Be inspired by what others do and it will likely be reflected in more inspirational work from you. While you’re at it, let people know that you find their work inspirational. You just might become a catalyst for better work from them.

  29. Be compassionate, and love. Have empathy for the struggles of others, and do your best to help those less fortunate. Express your love through your work and through the way you live your life.
  30. Maintain a sense of humor. Bad stuff is going to happen along the way. The more you can laugh about it, the faster you will snap back from it.
  31. Bos-3-spirits-DSC2448_DSC1160-1-sw-dbaEvolve. Your experiences of life, love, loss, grief, elation, celebration, etc. become the stuff of your art as you progress. Know that your work is better now than it was five years back and worse than it will become five years from now. Or at least different from how it will be five years from now. Life packs surprises along the way, not all of which are pleasant. Use your art to move through the ones that aren’t.
  32. Enjoy your life, already in progress. Don’t sweat the things that didn’t happen. Celebrate the ones that did.

Turning to audio effects to find new directions in evolving work

•October 8, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Took the night off from film work to revisit music I’ve worked on earlier this year. Typically I spend at least an hour three or more nights a week working on improvisational music with little concern for where these musical starting points might wind up. They’re just a way to unwind and let go, for the most part, although they sometimes become the seeds of important new work.

There were several really simple improvisations I recorded over the summer months using an electric piano (one of my favorite improvising instruments) as a melodic starting point. Tonight I found myself reaching back to some of the effects-driven work I did a decade or more ago to find new layers in those simple improvisations.
The effects used rarely matter. Generally in this type  of revision I look to effects I haven’t used in a long time, and those which have so many layers of complexity that they invite a “what happens when I twist this knob?” approach.
What I love about working in digital media is the non-destructive nature of layering in such effects, as well as the malleability with which effects chains can be re-ordered, selectively turned on and off, and generally have their controls manipulated and recorded in real-time to create endless sonic variations.
This still falls under the heading of wood-shedding, so its not likely I’ll be sharing any of this soon. But for now, it’s a lot of fun, and in the long run, contributes to my notion of process in all of my work.

Discovering worlds between

•September 24, 2016 • Leave a Comment


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Early this year I started a new series in collaboration with Michelle Bos, investigating ways of creating images evocative of the end of life, and the spiritual occupations of places.

Initially we worked with long shutter speeds to blur images and create ghostly apparitions. Later a variety of techniques were empoyed, including layering multiple images, as well as using layered mask techniques to emphasize certain areas of individual or combined images.

We have shot primarily at her home and in the desert outside of Tucson, Arizona.

The series is ongoing.

The techniques broadly experimental.

It has led to new ways I think about images, and caused me to rethink categories in my Lightroom catalog.

I’m used to practical categories. Cities, desert, landscapes, sky, architecture, and the like.

Dream-2a_DSC7418-1-16-swBut now I find myself creating whole categories of more abstract notions. Texture, color, shape, light.

When one layers the images and adjust the opacity, the images themselves become filters of one another. They modify each other in sometimes startling and often unexpected or surreal ways, amplifying the visual stories of places in between worlds.

The process is evolving.

The angle an arm makes, or the way the model stands sometimes suggests a similar shape in a completely differnt image. I layer the second image atop one of her and start moving the opacity sliders, moving the layered image around, adding adjustment layers and curves to just see what might become. Sometimes the image combinations are duds, and sometimes they take the viewer to surprising places.

Laura-stars-arm-79_DSC8499-05-sw-dbaFor roughly three years I have been creating similar layered images in collaboration with Laura Milkins, though in a purely experimental way. There is no concept to what we do and the results are sometimes highly surreal.

The two projects generate artistic crosstalk, not just with respect to each other and the photographic process, but also enter into my film making and music making as well. Notions of filtering, flow-through surrealism and multiple realities find different expression in those forms, and in turn, experimentation in those media wash back into the photographic process. It has caused me to remix musical pieces to play with illusions of sonic depth, or blur instrumental colors.

With each batch of source photos with the two models, new ideas emerge, are discussed and tried out the next time.

Some work, some don’t.

Some work out later with more trial and error.

Laura-plant-sidewalk_LM-MW25-DSC6283-02-sw-dbaWe change up how close or far way the model is, how busy or simple the background, or the angle of the shot. Sometimes there are props or special lighting techniques. Often the ideas emerge from working with the source images themselves. A shadow noticed on an individual photo leads to efforts to control shadows, or creating gobos to shape the light and shadow. Fabrics, scrims, and veils are being experimented with, as well as covering the model with lights.

Each new batch of images presents new opportunities for exploration and experimentation.


Library of mariachi images vast, growing

•August 7, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Father Charles Rourke and Los Changuitos Feos

Father Charles Rourke and Los Changuitos Feos

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The catalog and category features of Adobe Lightroom are among my go-to tools.

Every input added to the still imagery collection is broken down into individual categories. The system is highly versatile, so the same image can fit several categories.

For example, a particular panoramic assemblage might be added to the landscape, panorama, desert, sky and weather categories. And so it can be easily found under each.

Maya Arce of Tucson High School's Mariachi Rayos Del Sol performs at the 2015 Tucson International Mariachi Conference.

Maya Arce of Tucson High School’s Mariachi Rayos Del Sol performs at the 2015 Tucson International Mariachi Conference.

Images appear sequentially by when they were shot. This is particularly helpful when I have several cameras on tripods shooting the same action simultaneously. It’s easy to find multiple angles of the same moment in Lightroom.

Another handy feature is a cumulative number letting the user know exactly how many images are in each category. It’s not something I look at often but recently it caught my eye on the mariachi and folklórico dance category. Having shot for years, and voluminously adding to that collection as I work on The Mariachi Miracle I suspected it was growing rapidly. But even I wasn’t prepared to discover that the collection was now in excess of 123,000 images.

They start, as one might expect, with photos of the early members of Los Changuitos Feos from the 1960s, and end with shots I took last week at the Pueblo High School mariachi summer camp.

MY Music mariachi summer camp

MY Music mariachi summer camp

Like everything else in Lightroom they can be subdivided, allowing me to easily catagorize mariachi and folklorico content from historic, professional, student, private group, school group, festival and conference, rehearsal and other sources. Even a “favorites” sub-category will make finding the best images a snap. This will be key in work for The Mariachi Miracle film and book.

Ballet Folklorico Tapatio

Ballet Folklorico Tapatio

Clicking on an individual images pulls up its name, appended metadata, what hard drive and folder it’s located in and other important information. And if it needs some adjustment, most of what I’d need to do can be accomplished right there in Lightroom without opening Photoshop.

Pretty powerful stuff.

After The Mariachi Miracle project is complete, copies of the photos that I have shot will be turned over to the Arizona Historical Society and to the University of Arizona Library Special Collections division so that others can consider them for use in their projects, and as a historical body of photography. Arrangements will be made at that time to facilitate the permissible uses, fees, etc. for these images.

Perfect light, reflective pools make mural shot glow

•August 6, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Goddess of Agave - mural by Cyfi Rock Martinez, c/o Tucson Arts Brigade

Goddess of Agave – mural by Cyfi Rock Martinez, c/o Tucson Arts Brigade

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The first time I saw CyFi Rock Martinez’ mural Godess of Agave at sunset I knew a very special time would come to photograph it.

Created on the west-facing giant fascade of the old Tucson warehouse and Storage building, this epic artwork absolutely glows in the “golden hour” light near sundown.

In summer it is particularly luminous.

Long before Rock started work on this giant canvas I noticed a wonderful feature of the parking lot just west of the building.

There are amorphous divets in the concrete that are beautiful in and of themselves.

concrete-puddle_DSC5089-sw-dbaI first photographed them about three years back, partly filled with rain water, when I parked there one afternoon to shoot stills of people preparing for Tucson’s All Souls Procession.

The minute I got out of the car i glanced down and had to stop to photograph them.

And though my back was killing me by the time I returned to my car – the spoils of a herniated disc – I felt obliged to shoot more of them in the dying light.

About a year back I returned after another monsoon rainstorm, and that night the sky lit up.

Sunset-reflection_DSC3294-sw-dbaI had gone primarily looking for a wide view of the sunset but discovered that the depressions made for beautiful irregular mirror surfaces, reflecting the colors of the setting sun.

In early June I found myself back in that parking lot again, this time with the mural finished and signed.

I’d already shot it fairly recently so I passed for that moment. But right then the idea of a post-monsoon portrait of the mural was hatched.

It took until the second of August for the ingredients to come together.

But early that evening, after repeated storms during the day, I thought it might be worth a trip back.

The clouds were still pretty thick when I first arrived. I wasn’t sure the warm glow I was looking for would happen. But the puddles were large and numerous.

I parked by the dirt on the south side of the lot and walked around, checking out the various reflection points before setting up the tripod and camera.

mural-front-water_DSC8835-sw-dbaI was so excited at what I was seeing that I skipped from puddle to puddle at first, not really focusing on the larger composition. I was just enthralled at the random revealing qualities of the puddles.

Suddenly the sunlight poked through below the clouds, flooding the mural with a golden glow.

I knew it wasn’t going to last long so I moved to a few different locations, making careful exposures and moving along quickly. At times the tripod wasn’t perfectly level. I was in a hurry. Too much so, in retrospect. Thankfully that could be fixed in post.

But near the end of the glowing moment I managed to get the composition pretty close to the way I’d envisioned it, with the eyes of the goddess in reflection, along with the tree immediately to the south of the mural. Lush and green from the recent rain, it made the perfect color complement to the predominantly orange colors of the mural.

Mural-front-ripple_DSC8816-sw-dbaAfter the glowing moment was over I continued shooting in various reflection points, sometimes tossing a pebble into the water to create ripples and distort the reflected image.

Eventually I turned my camera around and shot a few of the sunset and the passing train. But I was so excited that i left before the big red glow bloomed after sunset.

Oh well. I’d caught my quota of light for the day.

The Mariachi Miracle has a new home

•April 20, 2016 • Leave a Comment

MM-TMY-banner_DSC5984-swDaniel Buckley’s film and book project, The Mariachi Miracle, now has its own website!

Click here to reach www.mariachimiracle.com

Artists of Arizona and America unite!

•March 2, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Gov Arts w Ira, ChristinaArtists, musicians and everyone involved in the arts. The Arizona Governor’s Arts Awards are coming up later this month. Last year our governor showed up and spoke of how important the arts are to Arizona – this after slashing arts funding from his budget. There is no sign of arts funding in this year’s governor’s budget either, and so it is time for us to remind our governor, our legislature and every other elected official that we are voters, we are educators, we are the creative forces that drive tourism as much as the natural beauty of the state.

Artists in education develop the kind of critical thinking and relational understanding that is fundamental to developing young minds in science and mathematics, and ultimately in building the 21st century skills an Arizona worksforce will need to attract the kind of high paying jobs our leaders give lip service to trying to attract, but do so little to fundamentally ensure that they can be obtained. The arts are what drives downtown’s revitalization.

We have power as a voting block. Demand of your elected leaders that they recognize this and restore funding to the arts and arts education at every level of government in our state and our nation.

Get behind our elected officials who support the arts, arts education and public education. Put the feet to the fire of those who do not. Your vote matters, and ours collectively matter a lot. There is something all of us can do. Vote! Send emails! Make phone calls! Make some noise! Do not quietly accept what elected officials do!

Artists, artist educators and educators in general unite! It is time for fundamental change.

– Daniel Buckley, Artist of the Year, 2014 Arizona Governor’s Arts Awards

Young mariachis cute but so much more

•February 4, 2016 • 1 Comment
Students of Tucson's Davis Elementary School's Mariachi Las Aguilitas watch director Jaime Valenzuela for cues.

Students of Tucson’s Davis Elementary School’s Mariachi Las Aguilitas watch director Jaime CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGEValenzuela for cues.


Traveling from school to school and private program to private program as I gather footage for The Mariachi Miracle, the words of Los Changuitos Feos founder Father Charles Rourke keep coming back to me – “You can be cute for five minutes, but after that you have to know how to play your instrument.”

No doubt, the little ones in Davis Elementary School’s Mariachi Las Aguilitas are cute as all get out and represent the multicultural tapestry that is Tucson. But watching them dig into some of the most complicated folk orchestra music on the planet, dissecting it, putting it together and making it crackle, is what makes seeing these groups such a thrilling experience.

Davis-players_DSC3139-sw-dbaIn many ways Davis and the other elementary school programs that feature mariachi programs are the incubators, and you can often guess which kids went through these programs, just by how prepared they are musically, as they progress through the grades. Watching Jaime Valenzuela work patiently with 100 small kids, keeping them focused, demanding of them in an inspirational way, and helping them develop the tools to solve each musical problem that comes along, is simply inspirational.

Clearly this is not a chore to these young kids. They love it. The more challenging the piece, the more they rise to it. They are confident, outgoing and expressive. And clearly they are motivated and engaged.

Jaime Valenzuela leads Mariachi Las Aguilitas de Davis Bilingual Elementary in concert.

Jaime Valenzuela leads Mariachi Las Aguilitas de Davis Bilingual Elementary in concert.

Mariachi Las Aguilitas was begun many years back by beloved teacher Alfredo Valenzuela. His work in creating the program earned him an honorary doctorate from the University of Arizona. Following the retirement of Dr. V., his son, Jaime ably took over the program.

The Valenzuela family mariachi educational dynasty continues with Jaime’s siblings Rudy and Myrna Salinas, who teach at Roskruge Middle School and Summit View Elementary School, respectively. I’ll be filming their programs at work in the weeks ahead.

Alfredo Valenzuela, aka Dr. V, tunes violins at a Christmas performance by Mariachi Las Aguilitas de Davis Elementary at the University of Arizona.

Alfredo Valenzuela, aka Dr. V, tunes violins at a Christmas performance by Mariachi Las Aguilitas de Davis Elementary at the University of Arizona.

And Dr. V is typically not far when any of these young groups perform, pitching in to tune instruments, encourage the young players and cheer them on wherever they appear.

God knows how many thousands of young mariachi students have come up through the Davis ranks. The work continues much as it always has, with hard work that builds teamwork, discipline, confidence and so much more.

Richard and Reuben Carranza with Dr. V in the 1980s.

Richard and Reuben Carranza with Dr. V in the 1980s.

All of those who came up through the Aguilitas ranks will tell you that it was a transformative experience in their lives that gave them skills they use well into adulthood. Doctors, lawyers, captains of industry, educators, musicians, scientists, engineers and more all credit the boost that sent them off to do great things to these youth mariachi programs. Brothers Reuben and Richard Carranza, pictured to the right with Dr. V from the days when they arrived at Davis speaking no English, went on to become Group President: R+Co & V76 Luxury Brand Partners and Superintendent of Schools for the San Francisco school district, respectively.

Beginning violins at Davis

Beginning violins at Davis – the next genration of Aguilitas.

And the music making and skill building continues, not just with those in the current Agulitas group but in the beginners classes that wait in the wings for their chance.

Daniel Buckley in the media

•October 2, 2015 • Leave a Comment



Daniel Buckley, photo courtesy of Arizona Daily Star.

Daniel Buckley, photo courtesy of Arizona Daily Star.

• Stories from Dan Buckley, Tucson Renaissance Man (The Tucson Edge, October 2015)

• Neto’s Tucson: The Mariachi Miracle of our town (Arizona Daily Star, June 2015)

• Dinky Reunion: Little Dinks (Tucson Weekly, August 2015)

• Mariachi Madness (Tucson Weekly, June 2015)

• Marathon concert to boost ‘Mariachi Miracle’ documentary (Tucson Sentinel, June 2015)

• Desde Tucsón: Mr. Buckley, una autoridad en el mundo del mariachi (Arizona Daily Star, June 2015)

• The Mariachi Miracle – Documentary film (KGUN9, June 2015)

• Mariachi Alegre De Tucson – Tucson International Mariachi and Daniel Buckley! (Tucson International Mariachi Conference website, March 2015)

• Editor’s Note: Documenting Our History (Tucson Weekly, June 2015)


Buckley talks about The Mariachi Miracle, KUAT Arizona Illustrated

Buckley talks about The Mariachi Miracle, KUAT Arizona Illustrated


• Semillas Mariachi Los Changuitos Feos de Tucson celebrates 50 years and the mariachi movement (Tucson Weekley, August 2014)

• The Mariachi Miracle (Arizona Public Media radio, August 2014)

• Tucson Throwback Thursday: Daniel Buckley and Dolly Parton (Tucson Weekly, July 2014)

• AZ Illustrated Arts: Thursday, May 22, 2014 ARTS ROUNDTABLE: Is there a war on art? A discussion with three local guests about the perception that cuts to arts education and funding are symptoms of a cultural “war on art.” (Arizona Public Media television, May 2014)

• Why Does Art Matter in Tucson? (Arizona Public Media, May 2014)

• Daniel Buckley: Cutting funding for the arts in Tucson is bad for business  by Daniel Buckley (Arizona Daily Star guest opinion, April, 2014)

• Governor’s Arts Awards (AZ Red Book.com, April, 2014)

• Three of six Governor’s Arts Awards go to Tucson (Arizona Daily Star, April 2014)

Daniel Buckley’s Governor’s Arts Awards “Artist of the Year” Acceptance Speech (Video, March 2014)

Daniel Buckley gives acceptance speech at Governor's Arts Awards.

Daniel Buckley gives acceptance speech at Governor’s Arts Awards.

• Daniel Buckley and UA Poetry Center Recognized at Governor’s Arts Awards (Tucson Weekly, April, 2014)

• Kickstarter: La patada de la suerte en Internet (Tucson Weekly, February, 2014)

• Y, JANUARY 9, 2014DO THIS! La Fashionista Showcases Local Artists on Second Saturday (Tucson Weekley, February 2014)

• Tucson Favorites Los Lobos Dissolve the Age Barrier (Tucson Weekly, April, 2014)

• R.I.P Ralph Gonzalez (Tucson Weekly, March 2014)

• A Worthwhile GoFundMe Campaign for Ballet Folklórico Tapatío (Tucson Weekly, August 2014)



• All Souls Procession 2013 (YouTube)

• The Power of the Crowd: Business borrowing crowdfunding idea from arts, but will SEC rules ruin it? (Tucson Business, Novemeber 2013)

• “Why Linda Ronstadt Still Matters to Tucson” by Daniel Buckley (Tucson Weekly, September 2013)

• J.C. Scott: Filmmaker facing funding deadline for mariachi documentary (John C. Scott radio show, June, 2013)

• Dan Buckley wants to Kickstart mariachi documentary (Tucson Sentinel, June 2013)

Buckley talks about El Casino film at Confluence Center Show & Tell

Buckley talks about El Casino film at Confluence Center Show & Tell

• Documentaries and Community Service: Dan Buckley at TEDx Tucson – YouTube, May 2013)

• Buckley: My first and last days at the Tucson Citizen | Guest opinion (Tucson Senyinel, May 2013)

• The Big Ask (Tucson Weekly, April, 2013)

• Arizona International Film Festival : Tucsons Heart and Soul: El Casino Ballroom (Arizona International Film Festival, March 2013)

• Show & Tell @ Playground: Tucson’s Heart and Soul: El Casino Ballroom | Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry (University of Arizona Confluence Center, March, 2013)

• Every Little Bit (Tucson Weekly, December 2013)

• Cowboys and Vaqueros: A Multi-Cultural Event (Tucson Weekly, June 2013)


Producer Daniel Buckley

Producer Daniel Buckley


• Video: Tucson history: El Casino Ballroom (Arizona Daily Star/Starnet, 2012)

• ‘Tucson’s Heart and Soul’: El Casino Ballroom Re-Debuts ‘Fiesta El Casino’ | The Range: The Tucson Weekly’s Daily Dispatch (Tucson Weekly, December 2012)

• Tucson’s First Family of Music | Tucson Area Music Awards | Tucson Weekly by Daniel Buckley (Tucson Weekly, September, 2012)

• El Casino film screens Saturday (Arizona Daily Star, December 2012)

• “Espectacular concert lives up to its name despite audience’s odd lack of enthusiasm” by Daniel Buckley (Arizona Daily Star, April, 2012)

• El Casino Ballroom in Limelight – (Arizona Public Media, November, 2012)

• Documentary features historic and colorful El Casino Ballroom (Arizona Daily Star, June 2012)

• A Beautiful Tucson Sunday: Documentary and Acosta Encuentro | The Range: The Tucson Weekly’s Daily Dispatch (August 2012)

• T Q&A | T Q&A | Tucson Weekly Daniel Buckley (Tucson Weekly, May, 2010)


Write in Daniel Buckley for Tucson Mayor

Write in Daniel Buckley for Tucson Mayor


• ‘Hello Gabby! Well, Hello Gabby!’ | The Range: The Tucson Weekly’s Daily Dispatch (Tucson Weekly, February, 2011)

• The Skinny | The Skinny | Tucson Weekly Daniel Buckley for Mayor (Tucson Weekly, August 2011)

• Back to the Barrio (Tucson Weekly, June 2011)

• Martinez v. Huppenthal: Can We Say ‘Ass Whooping’? (Tucson Weekly, January 2011)



• BACK TO CLUB CONGRESS’ ROOTS (Tucson Weekly, October 2010)

• Blind Lemon Pledge gets the dust off (Tucson Weekly, October, 2010)

Daniel Buckley (center) with Associate Producers Ralph Gonzalez and Julie Gallego

Daniel Buckley (center) with Associate Producers Ralph Gonzalez and Julie Gallego

• Counter Club: ‘Relive the Strange and Potent Magic!’ | The Range: The Tucson Weekly’s Daily Dispatch (October 2010)

• 2nd Saturday: Concert Honoring Cele Peterson | The Range: The Tucson Weekly’s Daily Dispatch (Tucson Weekly, August 2010)

• Festival en el Barrio Viejo: A Barrio Exorcism (Tucson Weekly, April, 2010)