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I Can’t Believe it’s on YouTube! Bed Head

By March 14, 2016Reviews

Story: A girl can’t stand how lazy her brother is and decides to use her telepathic powers to change him.


Why You Should See It: “Bed Head” is the black and white 16mm short film that Robert Rodriguez made in film school. Before he dropped out to become a studio filmmaker.

Wait a minute? Let’s back up. Was that a typo? Robert Rodriguez dropped out of film school to become a studio director?

Yes, Mexican filmmakers are all the rage right now ( because of 2 consecutive time best director Innaritu, not to mention Alfonson Cuaron), but back in 1994, I couldn’t name a single Mexican film filmmaker.

So, the fact that someone named Rodriguez dropped out of film school to become a director for Columbia Pictures sounds like a mistake. But here’s what happened. Rodriguez made this very clever short film “Bed Head” and it had nothing to do with his career as a studio director.


Because the opportunistic Latino lens master had this idea that he should volunteer his body for experimental medicine, in order to raise 7 grand, with the idea of making a Mexican action film for the Mexican videotape market. This action film was so good that, not the Mexican film market, but Columbia Pictures distributed the film, “El Mariachi.”

“Bed Head” was the short film that would have gotten him discovered. It is the other side of the coin, in terms of the Robert Rodriguez career. The all purpose director would make either R Rated action films or add another sequel to his “Spy Kids” franchise. “Bed Head” is more in line with “Spy Kids.” I Can’t Believe It’s On YouTube.

Written by: Norith Soth

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