2009 Session:

Session Description – Local to Global: Modern Media and Filmmaking

Venezuelan-born producer and entrepreneur Elizabeth Avellán hosts an open dialogue about her background in independent filmmaking and the opportunities for creating media in Texas and Latin America for a global audience.

Hispanic/Latino Sessions organized by Armando Rayo, Hispanic Engagement Consultant

About the Speaker

Elizabeth Avellán

Troublemaker Studios, Co-owner and Vice President

Elizabeth Avellán (Austin, Texas) co-founded Los Hooligans Productions with Robert Rodriguez in 1991. EL MARIACHI, winner of the Audience Award at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival, launched Avellán’s career as a producer. Shortly after that film’s tremendous success, she produced other popular films, including: DESPERADO, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN and THE FACULTY. Avellán was also an executive producer on the documentary, IN AND OUT OF FOCUS. She is co-owner and Vice President of Troublemaker Studios, the production company that she and Rodriguez founded in 2000. Based in Austin, Texas, Troublemaker includes an in-house visual effects studio, music and publishing arms. Troublemaker Studios has since produced SPY KIDS, SPY KIDS 2: ISLAND OF LOST DREAMS, SPY KIDS 3D: GAME OVER & ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO, FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY and THE ADVENTURES OF SHARKBOY AND LAVAGIRL IN 3D. She also executive produced SECUESTRO EXPRESS, a topical Venezuelan narrative about the dangerous trend of “express” kidnappings in her home country. Her latest releases include GRINDHOUSE and the documentary, THE TRUTH IN TERMS OF BEAUTY. Avellán recently produced the film, Santos and her next project, the family comedy adventure, SHORTS, will be released by Warner Bros. in Summer 2009. She is currently in pre-production of several projects. Avellán is on the board of several organizations including Capital Area Statues, Thoughtful House and SAFI Apparel Corporation, a company in Afghanistan, whose employees are widows, and is also on the advisory board of the Austin Film Society. She resides in Austin, TX