Kickstarter Campaign on Chicano musician Chunky Sanchez

Fundraising for independent documentary on San Diego-based Los Alacranes

By Paul Espinosa
Published on LatinoLA: August 21, 2011

Kickstarter Campaign on Chicano musician Chunky Sanchez

Espinosa/Day Productions and the Media Arts Center San Diego are proud to announce a special online fundraising campaign for a new film on Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez, a Chicano musician and San Diego activist whose music has been a force for social change.

The online campaign can be found at Kickstarter at

"Rising Souls, Singing Scorpions" is a documentary film currently in production on the life of Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez and the musical group he formed in San Diego ÔÇô Los Alacranes (The Scorpions). The film explores Chunky's life from his rural, farm-worker origins, to his role in the Chicano movement and his inspiring story of how art and culture can play a role in achieving justice and changing society.

"Our film examines how Chunky's personal development as a musician is interwoven with the broader history of the U.S.-Mexican border, from the 1960s right through to today's immigrant rights' protests," says producer Paul Espinosa.

Kickstarter is a tool for anyone in the creative world to gather the support needed for their projects. Kickstarter's platform allows filmmakers and others to share their project with the vast Internet community.

"Folks can pledge at different levels and receive great gifts as a thank you for their support - from hard-to-find Los Alacranes CDs to Limited Edition posters of our film," says Producer Paul Espinosa. "You can also see the trailer for our film at the site."

"We are excited about using Kickstarter to help us complete our film," says Espinosa. "Last month we raised about half of the funds needed to meet a $25,000 Challenge Grant from the Leichtag Family Foundation in Carlsbad, California. We are now mounting an online campaign to secure the final funds for the film."

The music of Los Alacranes recently was included in a classic Smithsonian Folkways CD that highlights songs of the Chicano movement. A reviewer described the collection as "an original and necessary document of essential American musical history."

The film is being produced and directed by Paul Espinosa (The Lemon Grove Incident) and Mark Day (The San Patricios).

For more information on the Chunky Film Project, please contact Paul Espinosa at (619) 890-9811 or or visit

About Paul Espinosa:
Espinosa is an award-winning Filmmaker & Producer, and Professor in the School of Transborder Studies, Arizona State University. He is a longtime producer of documentary and dramatic films focused on the U.S.-Mexico border region.
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