Local Events: 20th Anniversary of EL MARIACHI

20th Anniversary of EL MARIACHI
Robert Rodriguez & Chingón

(AUSTIN, TX)—AMDAustin Film Society and El Rey Network are excited to present the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Robert Rodriguez’s EL MARIACHI, on Thursday, August 30th at The Paramount Theatre at 7:30 PM. The evening will feature a special 35mm screening of Rodriguez’s landmark first feature, EL MARIACHI, preceded by the exclusive debut of the director’s early short film, ISMAEL JONES AND THE EYES OF THE DEVIL, which he made at age 16 with EL MARIACHI star Carlos Gallardo. Following a Q&A, Rodriguez and his band, Chingón, will perform songs from his movies, DESPERADO through MACHETE, as the corresponding film clips play behind the band on an enhanced digital screen.

EL MARIACHI is a 1992 American action film that was the debut of writer/director Robert Rodriguez. El Mariachi (played by Carlos Gallardo) is a traveling musician who wanders into a small mob-run town where he is mistaken for a notorious hit man known for carrying his weapons in a guitar case. In 2011, the film was inducted into the Library of Congress to be preserved as part of its National Film Registry for being culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant.

Thank you to the Host Committee: Kip McClanahan (Chair), Kate Hersch, Giselle Koy, Tim & Karrie League, Edward Z. Safady and Ali Watson. Proceeds from this event benefit the Texas Filmmakers’ Production Fund, established by Richard Linklater in 1996, which has granted $1.2 million to emergingTexas filmmakers. The 2012 grants will be announced in late August.

Ticket Information
Tickets will go on sale to Austin Film Society and Paramount Theatre members on August 14th and on sale to the general public at Noon on Friday, August 17th at austintheatre.org. Prices are as follows (plus applicable ticket service fees):

$100 VIP package includes pre-event reception with Rodriguez & preferred orchestra seating
$65 Orchestra seating for screening & show
$50 Mezzanine seating for screening & show
$30 Balcony seating for screening & show

Press wishing to cover the event should reply to this message requesting credentials.

Special thanks to the event sponsors: AMD, Texas Film Commission, Freeman, The Austin Chronicle, Texas Monthly,Güero’s, Don Julio Tequila, Ketel One Vodka, Ziegenbock and Texas Music Water.

About El Rey
Robert Rodriguez and Factory Made Ventures executives John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa have created the El Rey Network, designed to be an action-packed, entertainment network in English for Latino and general audiences that includes reality, scripted and animated series, movies, documentaries, news, music, comedy, and sports programming. The El Rey network will include programming that features Latino producers, celebrities and public figures.  The network plans to launch in the Summer of 2013.

About Austin Film Society
The Austin Film Society promotes cultural vibrancy, educates youth, and supports job creation. Through Austin Studios, which AFS opened in 2000 through a partnership with the City of Austin, AFS attracts film development and production to Austin and Texas. Gala film premieres and the annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards raise funds and awareness of the impact of film on economy and community. Austin Film Society is ranked among the top film centers in the country and recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts and Directors Guild of America. For more information on the Austin Film Society, visit www.austinfilm.org.

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