– by Joseph Jammer Medina

If you’re like me, your love of films and filmmaking, in general, was inspired by some of the big indies that came out of the 1990s. From Slacker to Reservoir Dogs, Clerks, and El Mariachi, we weren’t wanting for inspirational stories of filmmakers who ran out with a camera, shot their dream film, and made history.

Perhaps the most extreme example of a filmmaker making the most of what he had was Robert Rodriguez’s El Mariachi. He famously shot the film with $7,000, 14 days, and no crew. He even wrote a book about his exploits in the fittingly-titled Rebel Without A Crew (which I wore out from over-reading in high school, and still own to this day!).

Now, Rodriguez hopes to re-create that magic in his new digital series, Rebel Without a Crew. In it, he gives a handful of young, unknown filmmakers $7,000, 14 days, and a person to bring along with them. They will write, shoot, and edit their own films, and a camera crew will come along to film the whole deal — just in case the pressure of making the thing wasn’t enough!

“When resources are stripped away, I believe that creativity thrives, and that’s when the real magic can happen,” Rodriguez says in the trailer for the series. It’s a statement he’s said on multiple occasions, and you can very much see it in the restrictions he puts on his own filmmaking.

The series’ first episode is now available to stream HERE! Check it out!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.