ROBERT RODRIGUEZ (Director/Editor (with Rebecca Rodriguez)/Director of
Photography/Producer/Story by (with Marcel Rodriguez) and Composer (with Carl Thiel):
While a student at the University of Texas at Austin in 1991, Robert Rodriguez 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. He 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, a perennial guide for the independent
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 franchise, Once Upon a
Time in Mexico, Frank Miller's Sin City, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in
3D, Grindhouse and Machete.
In 2000, Rodriguez founded Troublemaker Studios, an Austin, Texas based production
facility of which he is co-owner and president. The studio includes a world-renowned visual
effects house, music and publishing arms and has played a primary role in making Austin a vibrant
In 2010, he launched Quick Draw Productions a development, production and financing
company which gives Rodriguez "green light" capabilities to develop and produce his own media
projects across film, television, gaming and interactive platforms while closely controlling the
Rodriguez is completing SIN CITY 2: A Dame To Kill For. He will be launching the EL
REY Network, his new cable channel that will focus on delivering action-packed and exciting
content by Hispanic producers, celebrities, and public figures in the January of 2014. Rodriguez
resides in Austin, Texas.
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