New documentary series focuses on the iconic Tacos of Texas on Indie Lens Storycast

Austin, Texas, September 25, 2018 – Based on The Tacos of Texas book, a new documentary series explores the Iconic Tacos of Texas and taco culture through the eyes of the people in the Lone Star State. The new seven-episode digital series premieres on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at 12:00pm CST with Indie Lens Storycast, a YouTube channel in partnership with PBS Digital Studios.

The new series is produced and co-hosted by Taco Journalism’s Mando Rayo & Jarod Neece and directed by Dennis Burnett. The series will feature one iconic taco and taco style per city, highlighting local issues such as taco gentrification in East Austin, a tradition in the Rio Grande Valley, Dreamers in Houston, the importance of the masa in San Antonio, cultural appropriation in Corpus Christi, Modern Mexican in Dallas and border fluidity in El Paso. 

“It’s great to showcase the different styles of tacos in Texas and share the stories of the tacos, but most importantly, they are about the people that make them, the culture, and our traditions,” said Mando Rayo, Series Producer. 

“We’ve eaten tacos our entire lives, we’ve written about them for over a decade on our blog and in our two books. Now, after traveling thousands of miles across Texas, we are thrilled to share The Tacos of Texas with the World! Tacos. Never. Die.” said Jarod Neece, Series Co-Producer. 

Starting on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, The Tacos of Texas episodes will be streamed on the #IndieLensStorycast Youtube channel and people can subscribe and view the episodes at  

“As a filmmaker, it was our goal to be as authentic as possible when discussing the culture, cuisine, and traditions of Texas through the tacos. We achieved this by asking the right questions and giving a platform for each character of every scene to tell their own story and share their experiences. Making sure to showcase the true backbone of Mexican culture and cuisine which are the Madres, Tías, and Abuelas who have crafted these recipes for decades and deserve the recognition,” said Dennis Burnett, Director. 

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About the Producers

Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece are the authors of the best-selling books, The Tacos of Texas (the 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 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

Chase McDaniel, Camera Operator

Wynona Becker, Editor

Mira Lippold-Johnson, Editor

Nick Worthen, Sound Engineer

Robert Gomez, Key Grip / Still Photographer

Maria Real, Field Producer

Gerald Flores, Field Producer

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