Mariachi High: Feature + Extras

Mariachi High: Feature + Extras

In a part of America that rarely makes headlines, there is a small town with a group of teenagers who will captivate your ears and warm your heart. Mariachi High is a national primetime PBS special that showcases a year in the life of the champion mariachi ensemble at Zapata High School in South Texas. As they compete and perform with musical virtuosity, these teens and the music they play will inspire, surprise, and bring you to your feet. High school never sounded so good.

Mariachi High is a production of Rainlake in association with Latino Public Broadcasting, ITVS and Chicken & Egg Pictures, with major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Mariachi High: Feature + Extras

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  • MARIACHI HIGH: 56:40min PBS

    PBS NATIONAL PRIME TIME SPECIAL

    In this spirited coming-of-age story, college-bound Latino high school students compete to be the state champion Mariachi band while experiencing the trials and triumphs shared by all American teens. From nerve-racking band auditions to the thrill of the 2010 Ma...

  • MARIACHI HIGH Extra: Zapata County Fair

    A deleted scene from the documentary film MARIACHI HIGH.

    Tex meets Mex at the annual Zapata County Fair, where the town shows off its rural heart. Mariachi students demonstrate another extracurricular side as they auction off their hand-raised farm animals to the highest bidder, as the communi...

  • MARIACHI HIGH Extra: 30sec Promo for PBS

    PBS NATIONAL PRIME TIME SPECIAL

    In this spirited coming-of-age story, college-bound Latino high school students compete to be the state champion Mariachi band while experiencing the trials and triumphs shared by all American teens. From nerve-racking band auditions to the thrill of the 2010 Ma...

  • MARIACHI HIGH Extra: the trailer

    PBS NATIONAL PRIME TIME SPECIAL

    In this spirited coming-of-age story, college-bound Latino high school students compete to be the state champion Mariachi band while experiencing the trials and triumphs shared by all American teens. From nerve-racking band auditions to the thrill of the 2010 Ma...

  • MARIACHI HIGH Extra: This is Zapata, Texas

    Zapata, Texas (population 5089) is a small Texas town on the Rio Grande, 200 miles south of San Antonio and 400 miles southwest of Houston. The population is 95% Latino, and, interestingly, boasts the more hangliding world records than any other location in the world. The visual tour starts here....

  • MARIACHI HIGH Extra: DELETED SCENE - Coming of age the Mexican way

    BELEN PADILLA: coming of age the Mexican way
    A deleted scene from the documentary film MARIACHI HIGH.

    For most girls in Zapata, Texas, turning 15 doesn’t just mean blowing out the candles. Belen Padilla, mariachi vocalist, daughter of the mariachi director, and master of hip movement, celebra...

  • MARIACHI HIGH: Do Re Mi - a teaser

    Film Description:
    In this spirited coming-of-age story, college-bound Latino high school students compete to be the state champion Mariachi band while experiencing the trials and triumphs shared by all American teens. From nerve-racking band auditions to the thrill of the 2010 Mariachi Vargas Ex...

  • MARIACHI HIGH Extra: Marioko Sing Along “Alma Llanera”

    Alma Llanera, sung by Eloy Martinez in Mariachi High, is a famous mariachi song written in 1914. Recorded by many vocalists including Placido Domingo, it’s considered the unofficial “second anthem” of Venezuela, and is often sung at parties and social gatherings. Sing along with Eloy and Mariachi...

  • MARIACHI HIGH Extra: DELETED SCENE - Charlie

    CHARLIE MARTINEZ: a mariachi freshman
    A deleted scene from the documentary film MARIACHI HIGH by Kim Connell, Ilana Trachtman and Kelly Sheehan / © Rubylake LLC

    For his first day of high school, Carlos “Charlie” Martinez irons his jeans and refreshes his cologne. Over the next several month...