The 2019 CHCI Medallion for Excellence in the Arts, Entertainment, Media, Music, and Sports will be awarded to Robert Rodriguez.

As a proud Mexican American, Robert Rodriguez has been transforming the scene of film and TV as a director, screenwriter, composer and editor with many of his films, shows, commercials and videos being shot in Texas and Mexico. He is considered one of the most visually driven and innovative storytellers of our time. Rodriguez is a film pioneer and technology trailblazer whose immeasurable talent can be seen in such projects as El Mariachi, Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, Spy Kids, Alita; Battle Angel, From Dusk till Dawn: The Series, not to mention a state-of-art virtual reality short, The Limit, starring Michelle Rodriguez. He has worked with Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and George  Clooney, co-directed with Quentin Tarantino, and owns Troublemaker Studios, a film and media production company. He is currently writing, producing, and directing an original movie called We Can Be Heroes to be released on Netflix including Priyanka Chopra, Christian Slater, Pedro Pascal and more. Rodriguez is also the founder of El Rey Network, one of the ten minority networks launched by Comcast as a result of the merger with NBC Universal, and currently carried by AT&T DirecTV, Verizon, Spectrum and Cox. El Rey Network has been championed and supported by Latino advocates who believe more Latino-owned networks that give the community a strong positive voice and image are needed.

“I am honored and thrilled to receive such a prestigious award from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. I have always strived to open doors and bring more Latinos into film-making and entertainment, not only in front of, but behind the camera. I work to create and promote art that is an authentic representation of who we are as a culture. We are fast becoming a majority minority country, and I look forward to continue to tell the stories of the intricate and interesting multicultural communities that make up this great country,” said Robert Rodriguez.