May 13, 2010
RELATED: New Film ‘Machete’ evokes race war
‘Machete‘ has fallen into controversy, and it’s still months away from its September release. 20th Century Fox, which won a ‘bidding war’ to distribute the film, pulled Rodriguez’ fiery “Illegal” trailer from the web shortly after its special “Cinco de Mayo” message created a storm of controversy and fueled attacks, including one from its sister subsidiary Fox News. Fox News, in turn, pulled the critical article from circulation, entitled “Violent Movie Declares War on Arizona for Immigration Law.”
Worst of all, Robert Rodriguez’ incendiary race film ‘Machete’ was made, in part, with help from tax incentives and location access provided by the Texas Film Commission, a division of Governor Rick Perry’s Office. A spokesperson from the organization confirmed that Rodriguez had indeed applied for funding.
UPDATE: As part of our investigation, Infowars.com reporter Rob Dew contacted the Texas Film Commission on Thursday before the publication of this article. Film Commission staff confirmed that ‘Machete’ was part of the state program, commenting that they fund all of Robert Rodriguez’ Troublemaker Studios films that are shot in Texas. The commission also provided location access to the State Capitol and other state facilities during the production of the film.
After the story gained national attention, we were contacted by Governor Rick Perry’s Press Secretary Allison Castle who contradicted statements made earlier to Infowars by her organization. Castle states that Rodriguez has applied for Machete funding but has not yet received any funding from the commission because the film must be completed first.
Infowars.com is continuing its investigation, because the Film Commission is telling us conflicting stories that don’t add up. Our research shows that in the case of the upcoming film ‘Waco,’ the state legislature and the Texas Film Commission refused funding for the film during pre-production, and a 2007 law passed by the legislature says that anything offensive and that depicts Texas in a negative light will not receive funding. The evidence is clear that films are rejected early in the process and not at the end. Further, the studios where he produced the film are subsidized by the state and city, so either way the film has benefited from taxpayer funds.
Allison Castle, Press Secretary for Gov. Rick Perry, issued the following statement:
The Texas Film Commission only gives funding to projects that have been completed. Troublemaker Studios has applied for funding for three projects: the first, called Shorts, has been completed and is in the audit process in our office. The other two, Machete and Predators, are still in production. Determinations regarding state funding are not made until the Film Commission reviews the final product. At this time, no funds have been released to Troublemaker Studios.
Leaked Machete Script Confirms Race War Plot
The film, originally based on a largely satirical mock-trailer inserted into Rodriguez & Taratino’s Grindhouse, has expanded into full production, and developed a message that many have criticized as glorifying a race war. Among those critics are two anonymous crew members from the production– who happen to be Hispanic– that came forward to warn Alex confidentially about the upsetting script. Further, two individuals who were privy to early screenings of ‘Machete’ have warned that the film is far more racially inflammatory than either the trailer or leaked script have indicated.
By contrast, films like Waco were denied taxpayer-funded resources for fears that it cast Texas in a ‘bad light.’ Attempting to shed the light of truth on one of Texas’ most infamous and controversial episodes is bad, but stoking the fires of racial conflict somehow does Texas “good”?
Yet, no issue has been made of using Texas Film Commission resources to fund Rodriguez’ racist treatise. Why does such a production warrant the support of the people of the State of Texas? Will people standby as as tax breaks and other valuable resources– such as shooting access at the State Capitol, which likely required closing it off from the public– are poured into the creation of divisive, reductive and ultimately offensive portrayal of Mexicans and Americans alike, whether white, black, brown or otherwise.
In addition to state funds, Robert Rodriguez has long had use of the state & city funded studios based at the former Austin airport. His Troublemaker Studios utilizes the Austin Studios facilities, which is managed by the Austin Film Society. Are racial-revenge fantasies the intended use of such publicly and community supported institutions?
Let the Texas Film Commission and other related entities know whether or not you support taxpayer funds going towards the production of ‘Machete’ and other films like it:
P.O. Box 13246
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 463-4114 FAX