If you were one of the thousands of people on Fourth Avenue and/or downtown last Sunday, Nov. 8, for the 20th Annual All Souls Procession, you probably saw dozens of people with fancy (read: expensive) camera equipment, steady-cam rigs, boom microphones and crane lifts. The people sporting this serious-looking stuff (and the unserious-looking orange armbands) were filming the event and the subsequent Calexico concert at the Rialto Theatre for the upcoming documentary Flor de Muertos.
If you missed the procession (the largest yet, by our estimation), never fear: We've filmed a documentary ourselves. We here at WWW don't believe in boom microphones or steady-cams, yet our film is not only 10 percent less-shaky than the movie Cloverfield; it also boasts a sub-5-minute running time, which means you can watch it at work without getting in trouble with the boss. (Lawyer's note: Tucson Weekly staffers are not liable for potential trouble with the boss.)
For those of you who have a pre-1878 view of cinema and are therefore terrified of moving pictures, check out some of our Day o' the Dead pictures at www.flickr.com/photos/tucsonweekly.
The All Souls Procession concluded with a big, fire-infused finale at the corner of Stone and Toole avenues—and the warehouses at that same intersection could find themselves memorialized at next year's parade if things don't work out.
The Warehouse District along Toole Avenue is facing an uncertain future. As you can read about in Dave Devine's Currents story this week, the warehouse that used to house Zee's Mineral Gallery was purchased by Peach Properties last week, and Dinnerware's David Aguirre says he'll eventually manage the building. This has repercussions a few spaces down at the Solar Culture Gallery, which also features a steady stream of up-and-coming musical acts. How Solar Culture's new owners from the Tuesday, Nov. 10, auction handle the warehouse space will determine whether the gallery will become part of the "new downtown."
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The 2009 All Souls Procession traveled down 4th Avenue to downtown Tucson on Nov. 8. The parade, now in its 20th year, attracted thousands of participants and spectators, making it one of the largest Dia de los Muertos celebrations in the country.