Known For: Directing · Birthday: 1968-06-20
62 Movies · 8 TV Series
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Robert Anthony Rodriguez (; born June 20, 1968) is a U.S. filmmaker and visual effects supervisor. He shoots, edits, produces, and scores many of his films in Mexico and in his home state of Texas. Rodriguez directed the 1992 action film El Mariachi, which was a commercial success after grossing $2 million against a budget of $7,000. The film spawned two sequels known collectively as the Mexico Trilogy: Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. He directed From Dusk Till Dawn in 1996 and developed its television adaptation series (2014–2016). Rodriguez co-directed the 2005 neo-noir crime thriller anthology Sin City (adapted from the graphic novel of the same name) and the 2014 sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Rodriguez also directed the Spy Kids films, The Faculty, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, Planet Terror, Machete, and Alita: Battle Angel. He is the best friend and frequent collaborator of filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who founded the production company A Band Apart, of which Rodriguez was a member. In December 2013, Rodriguez launched his own cable television channel, El Rey.
Rodríguez announced in April 2006 that he and his wife Elizabeth Avellán, with whom he had five children (Rocket, Racer, Rebel, Rogue, and Rhiannon), had separated after 16 years of marriage. Avellán has continued to produce most of his films since the split-up, so their professional relationship has continued.He reportedly had a "dalliance" with actress Rose McGowan during the shooting of Grindhouse. In October 2007, Elle Magazine revealed that Rodríguez had cast McGowan in the title role in his remake of Barbarella. After some reports of their breaking up and being together again, they split up in October 2009.In October 2010, he walked Alexa Vega (Carmen Cortez in Spy Kids series) down the aisle at her wedding to producer Sean Covel.In March 2014, Rodriguez showed his collection of Frank Frazetta original paintings in Austin, Texas, during the SXSW festival.
Rodríguez was born in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Mexican parents Rebecca (née Villegas), a nurse, and Cecilio G. Rodríguez, a salesman. He began his interest in film at age eleven, when his father bought one of the first VCRs, which came with a camera. While attending St. Anthony High School Seminary in San Antonio, Rodríguez was commissioned to videotape the school's football games. According to his sister, he was fired soon afterward as he had shot footage in a cinematic style, getting shots of parents' reactions and the ball traveling through the air instead of shooting the whole play. In high school, he met Carlos Gallardo; they both shot films on video throughout high school and college. Rodriguez went to the College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also developed a love of cartooning. Not having grades high enough to be accepted into the school's film program, he created a daily comic strip entitled Los Hooligans. Many of the characters were based on his siblings – in particular, one of his sisters, Maricarmen. The comic ran for three years in the student newspaper The Daily Texan, while Rodríguez continued to make short films.Rodríguez shot action and horror short films on video and edited on two VCRs. In late 1990, his entry in a local film contest earned him a spot in the university's film program. There he made the award-winning 16 mm short Bedhead (1991). The film chronicles the amusing misadventures of a young girl whose older brother sports an incredibly tangled mess of hair which she detests. Even at this early stage, Rodríguez's trademark style began to emerge: quick cuts, intense zooms, and fast camera movements deployed with a sense of humor.Bedhead (1991) was recognized for excellence in the Black Maria Film Festival. It was selected by Film/Video Curator Sally Berger for the Black Maria 20th-anniversary retrospective at MoMA in 2006.
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Alita: Battle Angel
When Alita awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido, a compassionate doctor who realized that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell was ...
The Chef Show
Writer, director and food enthusiast Jon Favreau and chef Roy Choi explore food in and out of the kitchen with accomplished chefs and celebrity friends.
A human lab rat in a sinister medical research facility tries to buy his way out of debt to the company while under the influence of experimental psychoactive drugs.
In the adorably different town of Uglyville, weirdness is celebrated, strangeness is special and beauty is embraced as more than meets the eye. After traveling to the other side of a mountain, Moxy an...
Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo
71 years in the making, this feature documentary experience reveals the extraordinary life journey of Hollywood's most unlikely hero, Danny Trejo.
As a rogue agent with a mysterious past, you enlist the help of enhanced super-assassin M-13 (Michelle Rodriguez) to retrieve your identity and strike against the deadly organization that created you....
Night of the Living Dead: Light in the Darkness
A short documentary featuring filmmakers Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, and Robert Rodriguez discussing the influence of George A. Romero's 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead.
1 TV Series
Sock 'Em Dead
Madison Davenport encounters a real vampire in her trailer while she is admiring her socks, and she uses them to fight off the vampire.
Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini
Tom Savini is one of the greatest special effects legends in the history of cinema, but little is known about his personal life until now. For the first time ever a feature length film has covered not...
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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Some of Sin City's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants.
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
The horror and crime thriller genres collide in this new original series from Robert Rodriguez, based on his cult grindhouse classic about bank-robbing brothers on the run, a lawman bent on bringing t...
Matador chronicles the unlikely rise of Tony "Matador" Bravo, a popular soccer star who comes to be known as much for his playboy antics off the field as his dynamic moves on it. But what his fans and...
Lucha Underground introduces U.S. audiences to the high-flying, explosive moves of lucha libre. An ancient combat tradition, watch as good and evil wage war in a gritty battleground called “The Temple...
Danny Trejo plays 'Bullet' a tough cop who takes the law into his own hands when his grandson is kidnapped.
Aspiring actress Amelia begins her 25th birthday by breaking up with her boyfriend, and things only go downhill from there. After visiting a dubious psychic for advice, Amelia sets off on a bizarre ad...
Ex-Federale agent Machete is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric bill...
Two Scoops' is a cinematic adventure, created by Robert Rodriguez with the help of his fans. In the film, you will find a scene featuring 'the agent,' a secret weapon, and the monster. Each of these e...
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Side by Side
Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evoluti...
Quentin Tarantino: 20 Years of Filmmaking
Take a look at Tarantino's career from the beginning, with interviews from co-workers, critics, stars and master filmmakers alike as well as a tribute to his greatest collaborator, Sally Menke. Produc...
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World
In the eight years since the third film, the OSS has become the world's top spy agency, while the Spy Kids department has ceased to exist. When a Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) attempts to take over the wo...
The Black Mamba
Nike's Black Mamba film, starring Kobe Bryant, made its debut at the NBA All Star Weekend. The almost six-minute film, directed by action director Robert Rodriguez and with cameos from Bruce Willis, D...
After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss.
The United Monster Talent Agency
IN NEED OF A MONSTER FOR YOUR MOTION PICTURE? LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE UNITED MONSTER TALENT AGENCY.
Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright
The story centers on Charlie, a Los Angeles billionaire financial whiz who goes into self-imposed exile in Tijuana after his empire is revealed to have been a Ponzi scheme. While looking for the woman...
A mercenary reluctantly leads a motley crew of warriors who soon come to realize they've been captured and deposited on an alien planet by an unknown nemesis. With the exception of a peculiar physicia...
Two doctors find their graveyard shift inundated with townspeople ravaged by sores. Among the wounded is Cherry, a dancer whose leg was ripped from her body. As the invalids quickly become enraged agg...
Two full-length feature horror movies written by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez put together as a two-film feature. Including fake movie trailers in between both movies.
Austin's hottest DJ, Jungle Julia, sets out into the night to unwind with her two friends Shanna and Arlene. Covertly tracking their moves is Stuntman Mike, a scarred rebel leering from behind the whe...
The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of Jaws
After three decades, Jaws continues to intrigue, thrill and frighten viewers. This documentary focuses on the many ways Jaws has helped to shape common elements of pop culture.
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An annual award show dedicated to the horror, fantasy and science fiction genres of feature films and television.
Back to the Well: 'Clerks II'
Feature-length documentary about the making of Clerks II.
Hollywood hopeful Tom Murphy and his posse are pinning their dreams of success on having Tom’s famous girlfriend star in their first feature. That is, until she dumps him. Now the plan is to steal a...
Welcome to Sin City. This town beckons to the tough, the corrupt, the brokenhearted. Some call it dark… Hard-boiled. Then there are those who call it home — Crooked cops, sexy dames, desperate vigilan...
A journey that takes one man into the bowels of black magic in Mexico City
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl
Everyone always knew that Max had a wild imagination, but no one believed that his wildest creations -- a boy raised by watchful great white sharks and a girl with the force of a volcano -- were real....
Danny Trejo, you know the man. He has fierce tattoos, and frequently plays a thug in your favorite movies. Behind the ink and the wicked characters he plays on screen lies the story of a troubled chil...
Music concert video
Kill Bill: Vol. 2
The Bride continued on her rampage of revenge against the assassins who tried to kill her and her unborn child. She visits each of her former associates one-by-one, checking off the victims on her Dea...
Inside Troublemaker Studios
A short featurette available on the DVD for Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), released in January 2004.
Ten Minute Flick School: Fast, Cheap, and in Control
A short feature on the DVD for Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), released in January of 2004.
How to Make Cool Home Movies
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Kill Bill: Vol. 1
An assassin is shot by her ruthless employer, Bill, and other members of their assassination circle, but she lives to plot her vengeance.
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
The Kids' new nemesis, the Toymaker, designed a virtual reality game for Carmen to play. It is up to Juni to save his sister and the world.
Once Upon a Time in Mexico
Hitman "El Mariachi" becomes involved in international espionage involving a psychotic CIA agent and a corrupt Mexican general.
Film Is Dead: An Evening with Robert Rodriguez
An interview segment featured on the DVD for Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), released in January 2004.
1 Movie · 1 TV Series
George Lopez is a comedy show starring George Lopez. The show was on ABC from March 27 to May 8, 2007.
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
Exploring the further adventures of Carmen and Juni Cortez, who have now joined the family spy business as Level 2 OSS agents. Their new mission is to save the world from a mad scientist living on a v...
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Deadline is a television series which was shown on NBC in the 2000–2001 season. It starred Oliver Platt as Wallace Benton, who worked for the fictional New York Ledger. This was a daily newspaper whic...
Lisa Picard Is Famous
A documentarian decides to follow the career of New York actress Lisa Picard, believing she is on the brink of fame. Instead, he bears witness to Lisa's continued, humorous, struggles as an actress, a...
From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money
A gang of bank-robbing misfits heads to Mexico with the blueprints for the perfect million-dollar robbery, but when one of the crooks wanders into the wrong bar. And crosses a vampire that is not his ...
From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter
Johnny Madrid is on the run from the hangman, and he has the hangman's daughter by his side. Along with Madrid's gang, Johnny and Esmeralda embark on an adventure filled with colorful and unscrupulous...
When some very scary things start happening around school, the kids at Herrington High make a chilling discovery that confirms their worst suspicions: their teachers are actually from another planet.
Ten More Minutes: Anatomy of a Shootout
Using raw footage from his film Desperado, Robert Rodriguez teaches his filmmaking methods.
The Robert Rodriguez Ten Minute Film School
Using raw footage from his debut feature film El Mariachi, Robert Rodriguez teaches how to shoot fast and make cheap movies.
El Mariachi, a musician, arrives in a Mexican town and is mistaken as a hit-man. He runs into trouble with a local drug lord and seeks to avenge the death of his lover.
It's Ted the Bellhop's first night on the job...and the hotel's very unusual guests are about to place him in some outrageous predicaments. It seems that this evening's room service is serving up one ...