AUSTIN -- Fantastic Fest opened as the premiere of Machete Kills kicked off the opening night, and Tim League and Robert Rodriguez had a lot to celebrate. Austin has become an insider film town in many ways, as entrepreneurs and futuristic film makers have the pulse of the country, as a result of taste makers that have made Austin one of the top test markets for crowds with a discerning taste. Tonight both League and Rodriguez lived up to the hype with the world premiere of Machete Kills.
Tim League known as the founder of the Alamo Drafthouse has been busy in the last few years, opening over 20 theaters in the country, having twins, and buying his own distribution company, while Robert Rodriguez has lovingly decided to call Austin his home. Both proved tonight that not only a cult following director like Rodriguez and a new wave of film industry officials like Tim League have made it work for them from a state and a city that has been known only by South by Southwest and cows.
While New York and LA have always seen Austin as a place in between the world, these new power brokers have made Austin the capital of film at least for tonight. As one of the innovative filmmakers Rodriguez has blown his competition away with friends like Paul Mitchell, Elijah Wood, and others filling the red carpet only makes this perspective apt.