With about seven thousand dollars, Robert Rodriguez’s made his no budget feature film, El Mariachi, that jumpstarted his film career. In honor of the movie’s 20th anniversary, AMD, Austin Film Society and El Rey Network will present a special screening of the film on August 30 at The Paramount Theatre.
Prior to this, Rodriguez will debut the short film he made at 16, Ismael Jones and the Eyes of the Devil, featuring Carlos Gallardo. It would still be a couple of years until Gallardo became “El Mariachi,” a musician looking for work in a small town but who is mistaken for a hit man known for carrying his weapons in a guitar case. As part of the special night, following a questions and answers session, Rodriguez’s band Chingón will play songs from Desperado through Machete as the corresponding film clip is played on a digitally enhanced screen.
The Paramount Theatre located at 713 Congress Ave. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are available to Austin Film Society and Paramount Theatre members. Tickets for the general public go on sale at noon today and start at $30. Purchase tickets here. Visit the Facebook event here.