MCALLEN: Machetazos – How a B-­Movie Smuggled the Immigration Debate onto the Big Screen – Oct 5

The Mexican American Studies Program at South Texas College Presents
Pláticas Sol de Aztlán Chicana/o Lecture Series’ Presentation of
How a B-­Movie Smuggled the Immigration Debate onto the Big Screen
Even before the film MACHETE had wrapped production, the Internet buzzed with controversy over the perceived intentions of the ,ilmmakers: Would it ignite already simmering tensions and start a race war? It did not. But a funny thing happened on the way to the dollar theater: Audiences witnessed an over–‐the–‐top extravaganza of blood, bullets, gore and gardening tools, and many picked up on the ,ilm’s not–‐so–‐undertones exploring the current debate over illegal immigration couched in popular entertainment. Screenwriter Álvaro Rodríguez discusses the genesis of the movie and its subtext.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010 7:00 PM
Pecan Campus, Rainbow Room (Building F, 2nd Floor)
Free and Open to the Public

Alvaro Rodriguez is a Valley native and screenwriter whose work includes MACHETE, SHORTS and FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE HANGMAN’S DAUGHTER. He has worked as a reporter for The McAllen Monitor, and is the author of a series of short stories set along the Texas–‐Mexico border, many of which have been published in journals including El Paso’s Bordersenses and The Mesquite Review. He will be a panelist at Austin Film Festival in October 2010.

A Presentation by Álvaro Rodríguez, co-­writer of the blockbuster film MACHETE



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