Robert Rodriguez’s new super low-budget sci-fi horror pic Red 11 will be hitting Tubi exclusively this summer. The film is based on Rodriguez’s experiences in a medical research facility to finance his first feature El Mariachi.
Deadline reports that it is set in the dark, twisted world of legal drug research where college kids turn lab rats to make quick money. The pic’s protagonist Rob (who is assigned the color and number Red 11), is trying to buy his way out of a huge debt to the tune of $7K. 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.
Rodriguez’s The Robert Rodriguez Film School will be hitting this summer as well. The docuseries is the companion piece to Red 11 that explains the director’s guerrilla filmmaking process while speaking to filmmakers and entrepreneurs alike on overcoming the perceived limitations of time, budget and other variables.
Rodriguez said: “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. 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 budget fun.’”
Adam Lewinson, Chief Content Officer, Tubi said: “Red 11 and the story of how Robert made this movie is inspirational to up-and-coming filmmakers. 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.”