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January 15
El Mariachi February 26, 1994
El Mariachi opens

"If Robert Rodriguez didn't exist, independent filmmakers would have to invent him," wrote Peter Broderick in Filmmaker magazine about the director's first feature, El Mariachi, which opened in theaters on February 26, 1994. The film was famously made by the 23-year-old filmmaker for a budget of $7,225, crewed by his brother and sister, and with funding Rodriguez raised from a series of medical testing procedures he enrolled himself in. A rare indie action film, El Mariachi was an early example of the "no-budget movie," a film made for a tiny fraction of a Hollywood film and which impresses viewers with the ingenuity of its filmmaking solutions. Said Rodriguez at the time, "The nice thing about making a movie by yourself is that you can take credit for any aspect of it anyone likes."

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Welcome to the Dollhouse January 15, 1996
Welcome to the Dollhouse released

On January 15, 1996, one of American independent cinema’s singular talents was reborn. Six years after his directorial debut, Fear Anxiety and Depression, Todd Solondz arrived at Park City Utah for the U.S. premiere of his sophomore film, Welcome to the Dollhouse.

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January 15, 1893
Ivor Novello born

Hitchcock’s Lodger star was also the king of British musical theater.

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