Last Wednesday, August 20, 2014, Austin Film Society (AFS) hosted the Texas Premiere of SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR (3D), the new movie from directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. 

In attendance at the historic Paramount theatre (713 Congress Ave, Austin) was filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, along with musician Steven Tyler, of Aerosmith, who lends his iconic vocals to the track "Skin City" from the film's soundtrack, composed by Carl Thiel and Rodriguez.

Thiel walked the red carpet with Rodriguez and Tyler, as did Rodriguez's friend and fellow Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater, accompanied by his daughter - and BOYHOOD star - Lorelei Linklater.

Following the premiere screening of SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR (3D), with 3D technology supplied for the event by RealD and Dimension Films, there was an on-stage Q&A with director Robert Rodriguez, musician Steven Tyler, and Austin Film Society's Executive Director, Rebecca Campbell.  

Rodriguez shared stories about making the movie in Austin, explaining to the 1200 audience attendees that he enjoyed the challenge of translating Frank Miller's stylized graphic novels to the screen, and revealed that - because of the superstar cast (including Eva Green, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Powers Boothe, Joseph Gordon Levitt) - it was nearly impossible to find a time in which they would all be available to film together.  In fact, in a sign of true creative accomplishment, and the help of green-screen technology, Rodriguez made the film with few of the main actors ever on set at the same time together. Brolin and Rourke, for example, were on set months apart from one another, despite being in several key scenes together. 

Speaking about Steven Tyler's contribution to the film's soundtrack, Rodriguez joked about realizing half way through writing a song for Nancy (played by Jessica Alba) to dance to, that the song he was composing sounded like a lot like a Steven Tyler song.  A few phone calls later, and Tyler was recording vocals for the track "Skin City" -- in one take, no less.  Tyler and Rodriguez became friends during the recording process, and Tyler traveled to Austin for just a few hours on Wednesday specifically to attend this event, Rodriguez's hometown premiere of SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR.

Following the Q&A was the Austin Film Society's official after party at the Rattle Inn (610 Nueces, downtown Austin), where Rodriguez surprised party-goers by joining band Chingon on stage for an hour-long set, which included songs he'd composed for his films' soundtracks.

In the 100-degree weather, after party attendees were happy to be handed cold beers from Dos Equis, frequent supporters of Austin Film Society events. Two locally-made boutique spirit companies were also serving up tasty cocktails: Tito's Handmade Vodka and Dulce Vida Organic Tequila.  

Catering was expertly provided by Ranch 616, prepared both on-site at the Rattle Inn, and at their permanent restaurant space located next door at 616 Nueces, Austin.  The menu included:

· Mesquite Smoked Salmon Tostadas
  in Chipotle Tartar or Tomatillo Creme
· Smoked Pulled Achiote Pork Tostadas
  with Fresh Pico and Chili Lime Aioli
· Scallion Marinated 'Vacio' Steak Sliders
· Chili Lime Grilled Chicken Skewers
· Texas Veggie Ratatouille Cups

Odd City Entertainment screen-printed a collectable, limited edition event poster, beautifully designed by Paul Shipper, which was sold on-site at the premiere and after party. 

Austin Books and Comics also were on-site, selling a large selection of Sin City graphic novels and official merchandise.

The Austin Film Society wishes to thank our SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR event supporters: Robert Rodriguez and Troublemaker Studios, Dimension Films, RealD, Texas Monthly, Ranch 616, Dos Equis, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Odd City Entertainment, Dulce Vida Organic Tequila, Austin Books and Comics, Rattle Inn and Austin Chronicle.  

The Austin Chronicle

Thanks also to all the attendees, including the cast and crew of the movie, for helping to make the Texas Premiere and after party for SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR such a success!  

All proceeds from this event went to Austin Film Society's artistic programs. 

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is in cinemas now.

For more information about the event, or about the Austin Film Society, or to discuss working with us on one of our exciting upcoming events, please contact Charlotte Hill, phone 512.322.0145 x 3213, or email


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