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“Tucson’s Heart and Soul, El Casino Ballroom” is a documentary on the last of Tucson's great Latino ballrooms.

The “Tucson’s Heart and Soul, El Casino Ballroom” project will propel the final push in the ongoing creation of a documentary film on Tucson’s historic El Casino Ballroom.

Founded in 1947 and this year celebrating its 65th birthday, El Casino is the last of Tucson’s great, large Latino ballrooms that sprang up around WWII as a place for Tucson’s Mexican American population to hold its celebrations, concerts, political and social gatherings. Over the years it opened its doors to other populations not broadly welcomed in the white clubs of the day, and even many events that catered to Anglo populations. Its large dance floor brought crowds for such diverse musical acts as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Pedro Infante, Little Joe y La Familia, Tito Puente, Count Basie, Fats Domino, Los Lobos, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and more.

The one-hour film funded by this project will tell the stories El Casino Ballroom’s walls hold, through the voices of those who attended events, rallies and celebrations over its six-plus decades.

The project will fund the hiring of three paid interns, transcriptionists to write out every word of the many interviews, plus pay for the time of a videographer and video editor, as well as hall rental and crew fees to make the film’s August, 2012 premiere at Tucson’s Fox Theatre a free event, open to all of the public, and costs associated with the project rewards.

Work on the project has been underway since June, 2011.

For more information go to:

http://www.danielbuckleyarts.com/el-casino-ballroom-documentary/  or the documentary blog or Facebook page.

Once the film is complete all of the raw footage and transcripts will be turned over to the Arizona Historical Society for study and use by future generations in whatever projects they may envision.

The El Casino Ballroom Documentary is the fifth in Daniel Buckley’s Cine Plaza at the Fox Tucson Latino history documentary series, created in conjunction with co-producers Ralph Gonzalez and Julie Gallego in partnership with the Arizona Historical Society, the Fox Theatre of Tucson and KXCI Radio. The project received additional funding from the Tucson Pima Arts Council’s PLACE Initiative grant program.

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    Updates on the project sent to you regularly by producer/videographer/editor Daniel Buckley, and the knowledge that you have supported documentation of an important chapter in the history of Tucson, Arizona, and contributed to the hands-on education of several interns associated with the El Casino Documentary project. Send a photo and we'll put it up on a special El Casino Documentary contributors page!

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    Updates on the project PLUS an electronic version of your choice of two of the previous Cine Plaza at the Fox documentary chapter of your choice (“Cine Plaza,” “The Old Downtown Tucson Barrios,” “Urban Renewal in Tucson,” and “Barrio Hollywood”) OR the electronic version of the El Casino Ballroom documentary when it is released. Send a photo and we'll put it up on a special El Casino Documentary contributors page!

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    Updates plus your choice of one of two prior DVDs (the first three chapters, or “Barrio Hollywood”) plus the DVD of the El Casino Ballroom documentary when it is released. Send a photo and we'll put it up on a special El Casino Documentary contributors page!

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    Updates plus all three DVDs (including the El Casino Ballroom documentary). Send a photo and we'll put it up on a special El Casino Documentary contributors page!

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    Updates, all three documentary DVDs, plus a private tour of the El Casino Ballroom with producer Daniel Buckley. (Note: You are responsible for transportation to El Casino Ballroom). Send a photo and we'll put it up on a special El Casino Documentary contributors page!

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    Updates, all three documentary DVDs, the private tour of El Casino Ballroom and a thank you listing in the film credits as a “project supporter.” (Note: You are responsible for transportation to El Casino Ballroom). Send a photo and we'll put it up on a special El Casino Documentary contributors page!

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    Updates, all three DVDs, the private tour, a listing in the film credits as a “jumbo supporter,” and an invitation to join us as we shoot either an event at El Casino or an interview for the project. (Note: You are responsible for transportation to El Casino Ballroom and/or the interview subject’s location). Send a photo and we'll put it up on a special El Casino Documentary contributors page!

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    Updates, the DVDs, the private tour, a listing in the film credits as a “mas jumbo supporter,” the invitation to join us for a shoot at El Casino or an interview subject’s location, plus lunch with the crew and producers. (Note: You are responsible for transportation to El Casino Ballroom and/or the interview subject’s location, and lunch location). Send a photo and we'll put it up on a special El Casino Documentary contributors page!

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    All of the goodies from the $500-$999 rate, plus inclusion in the film credits as an “archangel supporter,” AND a special disc of additional materials available nowhere else. These features would include producer comments, additional footage and more. (Note: You are responsible for transportation to El Casino Ballroom and/or the interview subject’s location, and lunch location). Send a photo and we'll put it up on a special El Casino Documentary contributors page!

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