Alvaro Rodriguez has been writing since childhood and, in fact, did his best work when he was 11. Without a movie camera in sight, Rodriguez relied on the written word and a Polaroid Button to storyboard the films in his head. A crash course in entertainment writing and editing at the University of Texas’ student newspaper and seminars in creative writing supplied more tools for the toolbox. When he riffed on a Spanish guitar figure as the hero’s musical theme in cousin Robert Rodriguez’s debut film, “El Mariachi” (Columbia Pictures, 1993), he began a collaboration that has lasted more than two decades.
Rodriguez sold his first pitch to Dimension Films, a spaghetti-western prequel to the genre-bending vampire flick “From Dusk Till Dawn” called “The Hangman’s Daughter” (Miramax/Dimension, 2000), which starred Michael Parks, Marco Leonardi, Sonia Braga, Rebecca Gayheart and Danny Trejo, with Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino producing.
Rodriguez co-wrote the wishing-rock children’s movie “Shorts” (Warner Brothers, 2009), starring James Spader, Jon Cryer, Leslie Mann and William H. Macy, and followed that confection with the bloodier “Machete” (Fox, 2010) starring Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Lindsay Lohan, Jeff Fahey, Don Johnson and Robert De Niro. Both were directed by Robert Rodriguez.
As of 2014, he is writing on the television series “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” for the El Rey Network, now in its second season, and is developing feature and television projects in the United States and Italy.
A frequent panelist and presenter at the Austin Film Festival, he has also curated an “Epoca de Oro” Mexican film series at the Museum of South Texas History and has been a speaker at colleges and universities throughout the United States. His border-influenced short fiction has appeared in multiple publications both physical and digital, including Mulholland Books/Popcorn Fiction, “Along the River” (2011) and the Bram Stoker Award-winning “After Death” (2013).