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EXCLUSIVE: Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez is known for groundbreaking indie fare like El Mariachi and Desperado as well as fun fanboy/girl action pics like Sin City, Spy Kids, and the forthcoming Alita: Battle Angel. But Rodriguez is switching gears with the El Rey Network documentary Stand United, which chronicles the lives of unsung heroes from the backroads of America. The special documentary debuts at 8 PM EST on April 29.
Rodriguez, who served as producer of the documentary, worked with three up and coming filmmakers as they take us on three different journeys that show us real-life examples of American grit, integrity, and courage.
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From nomadic linemen in Livermore, Calif., who go from town to town to build and repair America’s power grid, to the Native American basketball coach in Chinle, Ariz. who dedicates his life to mentoring kids on the reservation where he lives, Stand United offers a portrait of the American spirit – capturing the country’s inner and outer beauty with both breathtaking cinematography and the emotional resonance of real-life people and their inspiring stories.
Stand United is an original documentary produced by Content & Co. in partnership with Fathom Communications. Deadline spoke to Rodriguez about the documentary and what he hopes will come from these three stories in one of the most divisive times in America.
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DEADLINE: What was the process of finding the directors for Stand United? And was it a difficult decision?
ROBERT RODRIGUEZ: In choosing our directors, El Rey and our production studio, Content & Co., set out to find three young, up-and-coming filmmakers that reflect both the diversity of America, as well as the American values of hard work, integrity and dedication — just like we were looking to illuminate in the documentary.
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Basically, we wanted their stories and personalities to mesh with those they’d be tasked with documenting in...
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