'Spy Kids' Director Robert Rodriguez to Host Obama at Austin, TX Fundraiser
Award-winning Latino filmmaker Robert Rodriguez will host President Barack Obama at his home in Austin, Texas, on July 9 to raise money for the Democratic National Committee's midterm election efforts, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Rodriguez, whose film El Mariachi was selected in 2011 for preservation in the National Film Registry, is the latest in a growing number of Hollywood Latinos to throw their money and influence behind the Democrats.
Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Demi Lovato and Danny Trejo are among those who have signed on to support the event. Tickets for the Austin fundraiser range from $5,000 to $32,400.
Obama and Rodriguez first met in 2012, when the filmmaker went to Washington to talk with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute about the importance of diversifying the distribution networks. (He is the founder of the El Rey network along with FactoryMade Ventures). While there, the president invited Rodriguez to participate in a roundtable discussion about the importance of Hispanics in the U.S. Since then, Rodriguez has emerged as a strong advocate of Latino issues in the U.S.
Following his film debut with El Mariachi, Rodriguez has helped launch the film careers of several prominent Latino actors and actresses, including Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba. His insistence on casting a Latino family for the popular Spy Kids series built the first major theatrical family franchise featuring Latinos in heroic roles.