This Sunday the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Mason Park and Badass Digest invite you to celebrate the 20th anniversary of EL MARIACHI, the directorial debut of one of the greatest independent filmmakers of our generation. It’s been twenty years since director Robert Rodriguez financed his first film by submitting himself to medical tests and procedures. Now, we’re putting his film back on the big screen – where it belongs – with a rare screening of an original 35mm print of the movie.
Before DESPERADO and ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO, there was EL MARIACHI – an action film shot for $7,000 in Ciudad Acuna. Intended to be released on home video in Mexico, the film was discovered by American distributors and Robert Rodriguez was kickstarted into a career as an inventive director of kinetic action done on a dime. Carlos Gallaro stars as a young mariachi whose attempt to find work in a new town leads to him being mistaken for a hitman and drawn into a skirmish between warring criminals. The lengths Rodriguez went through to shoot this movie for such little money is the stuff of legends. Despite the fact that EL MARIACHI was made for less than some film's catering budgets, the movie packs in more action, thrills and surprises than the majority of major Hollywood action movies released in a given year.
Join us at 6:30 PM on Sunday, October 21 for the screening, complete with an introduction by the Badass 101 programming team and a free in-theater mariachi concert by Mariachi Calmacac.