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ROBERT RODRIGUEZ (Director) is a film director, screenwriter, producer,
cinematographer, editor and musician. He is also the Founder and Chairman of El
Rey Network, a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network.
While a student at the University of Texas at Austin in 1991, 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 1993
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 filmmaker.
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, Machete and Sin City 2: A Dame To
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 filmmaking hub.
In 2012, Rodriguez created El Rey Network, a 24-hour English language television
network. Curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network launched
in 2014 and is now in 45 million homes. El Rey's action-packed slate includes
the lucha libre wrestling series Lucha Underground and the one-on-one interview
program hosted by Rodriguez, El Rey Network Presents: The Director's Chair as
well as unscripted series Man at Arms. El Rey Network's lineup also showcases a
wide range of iconic feature films and TV series including genre, cult classics,
action and horror/sci-fi.
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