- San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas - http://smmercury.com -

Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez to deliver LBJ Distinguished Lecture at Texas State


Film director Robert Rodriguez will deliver the LBJ Distinguished Lecture at Texas State University on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

The free public speech will be held at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium on campus. It is presented in cooperation with the Common Experience at Texas State.

In addition to directing Rodriguez is a screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor and musician. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of El Rey Network, a new English-language cable network.

After attending the University of Texas at Austin, Rodriguez won acclaim at the Sundance Film Festive in 1992 with his student film El Mariachi. Rodriguez went on to write, produce, direct and edit a series of successful films, including “Desperado,” “The Faculty,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” the “Spy Kids” franchise, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” “Frank Miller’s Sin City,” “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D,” “Grindhouse,” and “Machete and Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For.”

The 2015-2016 Common Experience theme is “Bridged Through Stories: Shared Heritage of the United States and Mexico, a Homage to Dr. Tomás Rivera.” This yearlong program is meant to bring together the Texas State student body and faculty, creating a sense of community throughout the university and beyond.

Rodriguez brings to the Common Experience his unique film style which has become a part of Americana and through his stories bridges the shared heritage of the United States and Mexico.