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Tubi bags Rodriguez movie

Red 11 is set in the world of drug research

San Francisco-based AVoD service Tubi will be the exclusive streaming home to Robert Rodriguez’s forthcoming sci-fi thriller and its companion docuseries.

Red 11 and The Robert Rodriguez Film School will be made available for free this summer on the platform in the US, Canada and Mexico, its latest launch territory.

Rodriguez, the filmmaker behind From Dusk Till Dawn and Spy Kids, applied the same low-budget techniques to Red 11 as he did with his first feature film, El Mariachi. The latter was made on a shoestring for US$7,000 but went on to become a massive hit, and Red 11 has the same budget.

Based on Rodriguez’s experiences in a medical research facility, Red 11 is set in the dark, twisted world of legal drug research.

The Robert Rodriguez Film School, meanwhile, is a docuseries companion piece to the feature that explains the process, while speaking to filmmakers and entrepreneurs alike on overcoming the perceived limitations of time, budget and other variables.

Following a world premiere at SXSW in Texas and its official screening in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, the film and series will be made available on Tubi.

“I made both Red 11 and the Film School series to celebrate the 25th anniversary of El Mariachi, and this project shows truly actionable methods using my no-crew, micro-budget filmmaking style that will inspire others to make their own films and have their voices be heard,” said Rodriguez.

“Red 11 and the story of how Robert made this movie are inspirational to up-and-coming filmmakers,” said Adam Lewinson, chief content officer at Tubi.

“We are thrilled to amplify Robert’s message to the next generation of filmmakers as a part of our commitment to helping independent films find a wide audience.”

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