Why A Dame To Kill For is Relevant

by Cord Culver on March 12, 2014

It’s been almost a decade since the first Sin City, directed by Robert Rodriguez (and one scene by Quentin Tarantino) was released in 2005. Which may have people asking, who cares about A Dame To Kill For? Well, I think we all should.

Dame to Kill For is one of a catalogue of films Rodriguez has been releasing outside of the Hollywood system since 2005. While filming the first Sin City film, Rodriguez brought in his friend, and long-time collaborator Quentin Tarantino to shoot a single scene in order to orient himself with the technology being used to craft the scene. In addition, Rodriguez wanted to give co-directing credits to Frank Miller, the creator of the source material, but doing so would violate Director’s Guild of America (DGA) policies. So Rodriguez resigned from the DGA, gave Miller credit and started making movies on his own, outside of the union.

Originally created in 1991 as Los Hooligans productions, now known as Troublemaker Studios since 2000, Rodriguez has been producing and writing his own films without the help of the Hollywood studio system. Troublemaker is Rodriguez’ one-stop-shop for creating his own films. Watch any of the extras on the DVD releases of his films and you’ll find hours of content devoted to the creation of special effects and musical composition, mostly done at Troublemaker Studios. Rodriguez found a way to establish himself relatively autonomously in Austin, Texas where he’s produced the Spy Kids movies as well as Grindhouse, Predators and Machete.

So why is Dame such a big deal to me? I think at its core it’s two friends taking the DIY approach to making a big budget movie together. It represents the idea that you don’t need a lot of money, or a giant studio backing you to create something you’re passionate about. To me, it’s exactly what Dude, OMG! is about. Getting away from the system, getting away from the constraints of structure and creating what you want to create the WAY you want to create it. Because Rodriguez removed himself from the DGA he’s able to give Miller co-directing credits on Dame, just as he did on the first film. Out of respect for the man and reverence for the material he is able to honor the creator of the stories being depicted on screen and in doing so makes it seems silly that he would ever need to get approval from a union to do so.

Dame is important because it’s another reminder from Rodriguez that we can all make something and share it with the world and we don’t need permission to do it.


Here’s the trailer! 

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