Tubi has become the exclusive streaming home to Red 11 and The Robert Rodriguez Film School from the eponymous critically acclaimed filmmaker of From Dusk Till Dawn, Spy Kids and Alita: Battle Angel.
Following a world premiere at South by Southwest and official screening in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, the film and series will be available on Tubi in the U.S., Canada and Mexico this summer. Based on Rodriguez’s experiences in a medical research facility to finance his first feature El Mariachi, Red 11 is set in the dark, twisted world of legal drug research. College kids turn into lab rats to make quick money, and our hero, Rob (who is assigned the color and number Red 11), is here to buy his way out of a huge debt to the tune of $7,000. But things get surreal when he’s not sure if the hospital is really trying to kill him, or if it’s side effects from the experimental drugs.
Equally as intriguing as the movie itself, Rodriguez produced this movie with the same sensibility and methodology—and $7,000 budget—as his first feature, El Mariachi. The Robert Rodriguez Film School is a docuseries companion piece to the feature that explains this process while speaking to filmmakers and entrepreneurs alike on overcoming the perceived limitations of time, budget and other variables.
“I’m thrilled to be partnering with Tubi to deliver Red 11 and its accompanying Film School docuseries free of charge and easily accessible to all audiences,” said Rodriguez. “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. These are both dream projects of mine, an entertaining culmination of ideas and ruminations on the creative process that also highlights the heightened sense of spirituality that comes from dancing with creativity when there is an absence of the usual financial resources. In other words, ‘low-budg fun.’”
“Red 11 and the story of how Robert made this movie is inspirational to up-and-coming filmmakers,” said Adam Lewinson, chief content officer of 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.”