When we chose Robert Rodriguez as the subject of this month’s premium podcast, I don’t think any of us realized that this year marks the 25th Anniversary of Rodriguez’s directorial debut El Mariachi. Next month will be exactly 25 years since the movie originally made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival back in 1992 and to celebrate Robert Rodriguez is giving five other young filmmakers a chance to make movies of their own with the very same $7000 budget. Considering that HBO has opted not to continue with a new season of Project Greenlight, this could be the next best thing. The show will be a collaboration between Verizon’s go90 Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network and the synopsis is as follows:
“Rebel Without a Crew is designed to mentor and inspire a new wave of independent filmmakers. Rodriguez created his first feature-length film El Mariachi on a budget of just $7,000. To mark the 25th anniversary of the film, Rodriguez will invite five amateur filmmakers to take on the same challenge. They will write, shoot and edit a brand-new feature length film with only $7,000. Go90 will stream the six-episode, one-hour series capturing the filmmakers’ process as well as their final feature films. As the selected filmmakers work on their projects, Rodriguez also will write, shoot and edit a new feature film for $7,000.”
In addition, they are producing a 12-episode short-form animated series called Explosion Jones that will feature the voices of Michael Madsen, Jaylen Barron, Carl Weathers, James Hong, Danny Trejo and Vivica A. Fox. Applications to be a part of Rebel Without a Crew: The Series can be found here and production is expected to begin this fall. $7000 may not go as far as it did back in 1992, but the cost of filmmaking has dropped dramatically and the resources available to new directors are way beyond what Rodriguez originally had to work with. Do you plan on checking out Rebel Without a Crew: The Series?