Twenty-five years ago, a young kid from Texas came out of nowhere to produce one of the most successful independent features of all time. His name was Robert Rodriguez and his movie was called El Mariachi. Made for an incredibly modest budget of $7,000, the film went on to make a whopping $2 million at the box office. That’s quite the profit margin.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of El Mariachi, Robert Rodriguez’s legendary low-budget debut film, the dirctor is now giving five filmmakers to make a film on the same size budget he had. In partnership with Rodriguez’s El Rey Network, the competition will be filmed for the six-episode series Rebel Without a Crew, based on one of the books Rodriguez published that inspired a generation of filmmakers like Jon Favreau, who used the book, as a guide to make movies. In fact, Favreau used the book to make the pop-cultural hit movie Swingers.
The five selected filmmakers will have fourteen days to shoot and edit a new feature film for $7,000 USD.
To apply, filmmakers must be U.S. Residents, ages 18+ who have not directed a full-length feature. They must also have access to a script that they own all the rights to.
Selected filmmakers will have fourteen days to shoot the film with an additional four days of pre-production (which includes finalizing scripts, storyboards, locations, props, scripts, casting, and planning the fourteen-day shoot).
Filmmakers must be available to shoot for six weeks in October/November 2017 in Austin, Texas. The show will stream on Go90 as six hour-long episodes, leading up to the debut of the final feature films.
In addition to the competition, Rodriguez himself will also be participating. Go90 will also stream a docu-series that documents Rodriguez’s production, exploring “the philosophy of his process and shows him re-experiencing ultra low-budget indie filmmaking.”
Submissions are open now. There is an extensive survey to fill out, and you must answer thoroughly and honestly.