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ROBERT RODRIGUEZ (Director, Writer, Producer, Editor), while a student at the University of Texas at Austin in 1991, wrote the script to his first feature film while sequestered at a drug research facility as a paid subject in a clinical experiment. That paycheck covered the cost of shooting his film. Rodriguez planned to make the money back by selling the film to the Mexican home video market.  The film, "El Mariachi,” went on to win the coveted Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and became the lowest budget movie ever released by a major studio. Rodriguez wrote about these experiences in Rebel Without a Crew, published by Dutton Press. 

Rodriguez went on to write, produce, direct and edit a series of successful films, including "Desperado,” "From Dusk Till Dawn,” "The Faculty,” the "Spy Kids” series, "Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” "Frank Miller's Sin City,” "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D,” "Grindhouse” and "Shorts.” 

In 2000, Rodriguez and Elizabeth Avellán founded Troublemaker Studios, their Austin, Texas-based production company of which he is co-owner and president. The studio includes a world-renowned visual effects house, and music and publishing arms, and has played a primary role in making Austin a filmmaking hub. 

Rodriguez recently produced a new installment in the Predator series, "Predators.” He resides in Austin, Texas.

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