Austin, Texas, February 13, 2018 – ITVS has greenlit a new digital series, The Tacos of Texas, that will stream exclusively on Indie Lens Storycast, a YouTube channel launched September 12, 2017 in partnership with PBS Digital Studios. Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece, the team behind the books, The Tacos of Texas and Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day, set off to explore iconic tacos in cities throughout the Lone Star State in this seven-episode documentary series.
"We're excited to show viewers Texas' iconic taco styles such as San Antonio’s Puffy tacos, Austin’s Migas tacos, El Paso’s Carnitas tacos and the Rio Grande Valley’s Barbacoa tacos y más. We'll talk to the people behind the tacos, explore their stories, food traditions and uncover each city’s unique take on tacos," said Mando Rayo, Series Producer.
Born with tacos in hand, these Texas natives spent the past ten years covering the local taco scene, and now their love of this Texas staple will take them deeper than ever before as they explore the Taco Culture. The series will highlight local issues such as: taco gentrification and the importance of the tortilla, connecting audiences with the faces of immigrants who keep local traditions alive while pursuing the American Dream.
"Tacos are everything in Texas. We want people to see it for themselves through the eyes of people that make them. We're excited to partner with ITVS for this series because for us, tacos always taste better when you know the story behind the tortilla," said Jarod Neece, Series Co-Producer.
The series has already begun filming and will continue through July, visiting El Paso, Austin, San Antonio, Brownsville, Houston, Corpus Christi and Dallas.
"With Tacos of Texas, the Indie Lens Storycast team saw two very engaging hosts in Mando and Jarod, who both have a deep knowledge of the diverse and quirky taco scenes across Texas," says Pamela Torno, Indie Lens Storycast Series Producer. "This series will give our digital audience an authentic tour of the state and give voice to the communities that are holding onto traditions while creating new ones, so we're pleased to support it."
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Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece are the authors of the best-selling books, The Tacos of Texas (University of Texas Press, 2016), Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day (The History Press, 2013) and founders of the blog TacoJournalism.com. Rayo is the CEO and engagement strategist at Mando Rayo + Collective, a multicultural advertising agency and Neece is the Senior Film Programmer for SXSW Conference & Festivals, working with them since 2002.
Mando Rayo, Producer/Co-Host
Jarod Neece, Co-Producer/Co-Host
Dennis Burnett, Director
Zachary Edick, Co-Director
Wynona Becker, Editor
Maria Real, Field Producer
Gerald Flores, Field Producer
Nick Worthen, Sound Engineer
Robert Gomez, Key Grip / Still Photographer
About Indie Lens Storycast
Indie Lens Storycast is a free docuseries YouTube channel presented by Independent Lens in partnership with PBS Digital Studios. Created by indie filmmakers, and developed by ITVS, Indie Lens Storycast showcases stories that reflect the funny, strange, and dynamic world we live in. Featuring a range of topics and expanding Independent Lens' content offerings to connect with a digital-savvy audience and experiment with new formats to spark conversations vital to communities across America. Visit the Indie Lens Storycast channel on YouTube for more information.
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