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Austin's EL MARIACHI 20th Anniversary Screening Adds More Talent!!!

"Monty Cristo" here.


EL MARIACHI is 20 years old. Wow.



This event was anounced a while back, but I decided to throw this out there since they just announced that El Mariachi himself, Carlos Gallardo, will be there in person.

For the benefit of those who didn't see the announcement, here's what goes down at the Paramount at 7:30pm next Thursday, August 30th:


• Screening of EL MARIACHI on 35mm

• Debut Screening of Robert Rodriguez's ISMAEL JONES AND THE EYES OF THE DEVIL, which Rodriguez made when he was 16 (with Carlos Gallardo starring as he also does in EL MARIACHI)

• Q&A with Robert Rodriguez and (just announced) star Carlos Gallardo

• Robert's band Chingón (which includes members of Mexican rock group Del Castillo) will play music from his entire filmography after the Q&A, accompanied by clips from each film on a screen behind the band

Grab tickets here. Here are the prices:

$65 Orchestra seating for screening & show
$50 Mezzanine seating for screening & show
$30 Balcony seating for screening & show


All proceeds go toward benefitting the Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund. Since 1996, TFPF has been helping make sure that independent movies can keep being made in Texas by providing grants to indie filmmakers.

It's a great cause, and keep in mind that the ticket prices equal a 35mm screening plus a rare short film premiere plus a unique Q&A plus a latin rock show. Maybe that isn't your thing, but it is for me. See you there!



Moisés Chiullan / "Monty Cristo"
Arthouse Cowboy blog

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  • Aug. 24, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

  • Aug. 24, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Best Indie Ever?

    by kittenmittens

    It's definately up there. Great movie on a shoestring (and donated blood) budget! Great flick.

  • Aug. 24, 2012, 6:27 p.m. CST

    They should tour this!!

    by maxjohnson1971

    I'd love it if they showed up at the Belcourt in Nashville! Ticket sold!

  • Aug. 24, 2012, 7:04 p.m. CST

    The early '90s were awesome.

    by Mugato5150

    Movies like this and Clerks would be youtube videos nowadays but back then they were avenues for real talent because movies were harder to make then.

  • Aug. 24, 2012, 7:09 p.m. CST


    by Dragon164z

    I'd love to go to this. I recently read Rebel Without a Crew and I'd love to hear their perspectives from 20 years later.

  • Aug. 24, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Yes, it's true...

    by LF Martinez

    given the fact it was made on a shoestring budget financed by donated bodily fluids it is pretty good...however, in broad terms this film is unwatchable and does not hold up. I watched it once in the early 90s and, even by 90s indie standards, I found it to be a resounding "meh." The best thing Rodriguez has going for him is that hottie redhead wife of his, and clearly she drank whatever Kool-aid he was serving up at his ranch, but his films are shit.

  • Aug. 24, 2012, 8:16 p.m. CST

    mugato5150 kevin smith has actually said something like that

    by sunwukong86

    he said if podcasts existed in the 90s he wouldn't be doing movies

  • ...which I of course never did. But in the hands of a more motivated person that book is golden!

  • Aug. 24, 2012, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Me* not metro

    by JediRob


  • Aug. 24, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST

    What--no Charles Ramirez Berg?!?

    by Robert Evans

    The film prof taught the best class I took at UT and if I remember correctly is thanked in the credits.

  • Aug. 24, 2012, 10:20 p.m. CST

    From the Director of Spy Kids VI !

    by mister death

    Proof that no one who has a hit or makes cult classic film at a young age should be allowed to direct a movie past the age of 35 because it will be down hill from there.

  • Nothing beats wild imagination, inherent directorial skill and, most of all, filmmaking *passion*. I love that, to this day, Rodriguez continues to make movies on (comparitive) shoestring budgets, do all of the special effects in his garage, and generally deliver more bang for the buck than most Hollywood hacks. I may not like every Rodriguez film (his kiddie flicks are pretty dire outside of the first Spy Kids, which was kind of cute and funny), but I admire his filmmaking prowess and inexpensive work ethic. If more summer movies cost $50 million or less, you'd see a lot less sequels, reboots and remakes, because there'd be less money on the line. I still can't understand why studios spend so fucking much when, in every other business in the world, the idea is to spend as little as possible to maximize profits. A movie like District 9 cost $30 million and grossed well over $100 million in the U.S. alone. That should be a model to follow, instead of blowing $300 million (including marketing and prints) on something of dubious commercial appeal like John Carter.

  • Aug. 25, 2012, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Cocos gratis

    by CuervoJones

  • Aug. 25, 2012, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Today's American independent cinema is boring.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Sorry, but compare the Duplass Brothers or whoever else we got, waving the indie cinema flag today, with the early 90's. They all seem to play it safe and make (admittedly well made but kinda boring) award baiting handheld dramas or dramedies. Say what you want about FOUR ROOMS, but a movie like that couldn't be made with the new generation of indie cinema, where even a film like MONSTERS was more mumblecore drama with some cool FX shots.

  • is the 16mm 1974 production of Tobe Hooper's "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre".

  • Aug. 25, 2012, 9:01 a.m. CST

    ufoclub, jedirob

    by eloy

    I dont remember if there was any stuff shot in texas but Rodriguez himself chronicles the making of in Rebel Without a Crew and it was mostly- if not completely- shot south of the border. Jedirob, I completely agree with you. I felt extremely motivated by the book but as much as I believe I could actually be a good movie storyteller the simple truth is I suck at real life, and that's a deal-breaker. But I have no doubt that his story can actually change people's lives, for the better.

  • Aug. 26, 2012, 4:33 a.m. CST

    I remember his Letterman appearance when this came out

    by paulloch

    He was so full of life and imagination. He talked about this 3 ring binder notebook full of movie ideas. A movie a month he glibly promised Dave (they shook hands). Now, unfortunately, he's a hack who keeps recycling his old ideas. Did Hollywood change him, or was it inevitable? And the solid family man no-more. Gone, along with the indie distribution network that was thriving in the 90's Now, it's impossible for an indie filmmaker to pop out of nowhere, with a low-budget miracle feature film.

  • To this day, El Mariachi is still Rodriguez's most inventive film. A lot of his movies since then have been awesome, but I keep waiting for that one project where his full potential shines through.