Producer/Director: Phillip RodriguezPhillip Rodriguez is the founder of City Projects, a company that creates media for a rapidly diversifying America and invites new audiences to its educational programs via broadcast, internet and community outreach. Rodriguez is also a Senior Fellow for Documentary Filmmaking at the Institute for Justice and Journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication.
Rodriguez most recent project previous to Latinos ’08 was Brown is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream, a one-hour documentary for PBS on Hispanic marketing and media featuring comedian George Lopez. Brown is the New Green. With KQED as its presenting station, the project made its national broadcast premiere on PBS, September 12, 2007 and is the first-hour of a four-hour PBS documentary series, Latinos: Here & Now.
Rodriguez’ PBS documentary, Los Angeles Now (2004), investigates the "browning" of America's second-largest city. Newsday said that the film, "reveals L.A. for what it really is: the most multicultural city in the world and, possibly, a blueprint for the future of the United States." The film has been honored by Centre Georges Pompidou, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Harvard Film Archives, MOCA Los Angeles New York, Anthology Film Archives, INPUT 2005, Boston Fine Arts Museum, and others.
Rodriguez’ other works include the critically acclaimed Mixed Feelings: San Diego/Tijuana (2002). This film uses the urban landscapes of neighboring cities to comment on contrasting conditions and attitudes in the U.S. and Mexico. The New York Times praised the film’s "snappy digital imagery"; The Los Angeles Times called it "transnational fun, with a point."
Rodriguez’ work includes Manuel Ocampo: God is My Copilot, a reconsideration of multiculturalism in the contemporary art world. The film, which features Dennis Hopper, Julian Schnabel, and other notable art world figures, was celebrated at film festivals worldwide including the Los Angeles AFI International Festival, the Hawaii International Film Festival, the Biennale Internationale du film sur l’art at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and the Havana Film Festival. The Chicago Reader said the film "belongs with the best of the genre."
Pancho Villa & Other Stories won an award for best documentary at the 2000 San Antonio Cinefestival and has been honored at the Smithsonian National Gallery, The New York Latino Film and Video Festival, Chicago Latino Film Festival, Los Angeles International Latino Film Festival, San Francisco Cine Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, and the XV Festival de Cine Latino Americano, Trieste, Italy.
Rodriguez' production company, City Projects, also conducted My City Now, an interactive media literacy program for high school students in U.S. cities impacted by high rates of immigration.
A graduate of U.C. Berkeley, Rodriguez has an M.A. in Latin American Studies (Honors) and an M.F.A. in Film and Television from UCLA. He also studied Art History and Spanish Literature at Universidad Cumplutense de Madrid. He is a former Senior Research Fellow for The Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University. Rodriguez received the first annual USA Broad Fellow Award. This annual award, made by United States Artists (USA), honors the country’s finest living artists.