Director Robert Rodriguez took center stage in Austin Wednesday night with the premiere of his film, "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (3D) at the Paramount Theater. Following the screening, attendees headed to The Rattle Inn for a VIP reception which featured music from Chingon. The group is comprised of members of Del Castillo and Rodriguez who formed the band to record music for his film "Once Upon a Time in Mexico." The event was one of several fundraisers the Austin Film Society hosts each year.
Prior to Rodriguez arriving at the venue, there was a line extending down the street as guests waited to enter the party. Mexican appetizers were served on the patio. Inside, brothers Mark and Rick del Castillo warmed up the party with tunes from the new film, traditional Latin songs and even a Del Castillo song as they stalled for time waiting for Rodriguez to arrive.
Aerosmith singer, Steven Tyler who recorded a song on the newly released film's soundtrack attended the screening but opted out of the after party. His absence did little to dampen the festive atmosphere. A couple of women danced on stage with Chingon during the performance. Hundreds of attendees enjoyed the festivities and Mexican appetizers.
Examiner spotted several Austin media personalities at the event; KLBJ DJ and funnyman C.J. Morgan, Tracey Schulz of KOOP, Michael Barnes the Austin-American Statesman social columnist and Austin Film Society Executive Director, Rebecca Campbell.
Response to the screening was favorable. Schulz mentioned that he not only enjoyed the film and its multiple story lines but was impressed by the "feel" of the movie. The Sin City franchise is known for groundbreaking special effects which give the live-action comic book-inspired story a film noir look along with an animated feel. The film opens in theaters nationwide tomorrow.
Examiner photographer, Suzanne Cordeiro captured great shots of Chingon and Rodriguez on stage. Check out all the photos in our slideshow at the top of the page.