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Gingersnap
05-14-2010, 07:25 PM
Racist film ‘Machete’ produced with taxpayer funds


Infowars.com
May 13, 2010

‘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.

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fettpett
05-14-2010, 08:08 PM
I was kinda looking forward to seeing this movie...a bunch of big action starts blowing shit up....oh well

Gingersnap
05-14-2010, 08:41 PM
Maybe it's time to rethink any government funding for the Arts.

Wei Wu Wei
05-14-2010, 08:54 PM
1: There's been some talk on here about this film. Machete came about as part of a fan contest to produce the funniest fake movie advertisement to be part of the Theater premier of the Rodriguez-Tarentino double-feature debute of Grind House

Machete was the funniest fake movie ad, so it won the contest, and was made into a feature film.

This has been in the making since 2007, the making of this movie has nothing to do with the recent Arizona controversies.


2: Local governments pay directors to film in their areas all the time. It's a major part of the film industry, and local businesses benefit greatly from having the filming process in their area. It's attractive, it brings in money, and it's extremely common for filmmakers to work with local governments when filming. In fact, both Planet Terror and Death Proof, both halfs of the double feature Grind House were in part filmed in Austin, TX.



Personally, I think Rodruigez and Tarentino are great and this movie looks hilarious. This is the original trailer that won the contest and spawned this feature film:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIV26nu24gw

Wei Wu Wei
05-14-2010, 08:59 PM
Rodruigez and Tarentino specialize in satire, irony, and self-parody. All of their movies are over-the-top, outrageous, and spilling over with absurdity.

While this is about Mexican immigrants, and that is a hot topic right now on all the news channels, this film shouldn't be taken too seriously.

Also I can't wait to see it, possibly after having some mexican beer, at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX :D

malloc
05-14-2010, 09:01 PM
Rodriguez did re-work the trailer to include the recent Arizona laws. I'm not sure if he's making a political statement or using the publicity to further the film's receipts. Either way, the movie has a political agenda now whether Rodriguez intended it to or not.

I will probably see the film simply because of Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Alba. Two people I just don't get to see in skimpy outfits as often as I'd like. Also, I liked the other Grindhouse films for their hokeyness.

The Grindhouse films themselves were an attempt to capture the essence of the exploitation horror films from decades past, which is why they are so hokey, and filled with a lot of eye candy. The story wasn't exactly supposed to be the main theme of the movies, the blood, guts and cleavage were supposed to be the center piece.

That being said, there's no telling what kind of impact this movie, which sure to attract a cult following, will have within the La Raza, kill whitey movements.

Gingersnap
05-14-2010, 09:02 PM
Local governments pay directors to film in their areas all the time. It's a major part of the film industry, and local businesses benefit greatly from having the filming process in their area. It's attractive, it brings in money, and it's extremely common for filmmakers to work with local governments when filming. In fact, both Planet Terror and Death Proof, both halfs of the double feature Grind House were in part filmed in Austin, TX.

Local economies do benefit but this may not be the right time for that kind of largess. Popular films make an enormous amount of money (which is great!). Using any tax dollars may just be the wrong thing at the moment.

McDonalds is also popular, it employs a boatload of people, and it brings in tax revenues but most people would not be supportive of local governments using tax money to assist potential McDonalds franchise owners right now.

Sonnabend
05-14-2010, 10:16 PM
While this is about ILLEGAL immigrants, and that is a hot topic right now on all the news channels, this film shouldn't be taken too seriously.

FiXX0red :D

PoliCon
05-15-2010, 01:34 AM
Maybe it's time to rethink any government funding for the Arts.

ya think? Have you ever seen government funded 'art' that was any good?