About Phillip Rodriguez

Phillip Rodriguez is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His last four films for public television, broadcast in primetime, have received wide acclaim.

In 2002, Rodriguez founded City Projects, a production company whose films and educational programs challenge ideas about race and diversity in America. Rodriguez' documentary films bring to light the complexities of Latino culture, history, and identity at a time when our nation’s demographics reflect unprecedented growth in the Latino community and the concomitant demand for relevant storytelling.

Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle, RACE 2012Latinos ’08Brown is the New Green: George Lopez and the American DreamLos Angeles Now, Mixed Feelings: San Diego/Tijuana, Manuel Ocampo: God is My Copilot, and Pancho Villa & Other Stories

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. 

His fellowships have included Senior Fellow at The Dorothy Leavy Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University, Fellow for Documentary Filmmaking at the Institute for Justice and Journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Not limited to film, Rodriguez wrote the story and title song for the Grammy-nominated "Papa's Dream" by Los Lobos. He also founded, published, and edited Avance, a national Latino magazine of arts and culture, as well as Esencia, a San Francisco Latino magazine of arts and culture.

The Washington Post has referred to Rodriguez’ work as “higher truth-telling.” The San Diego Tribune calls his work “masterful.”  The New York Times, "thoughtful."

Phillip Rodriguez, Director, Producer, Writer, Photo courtesy Rafael Cardenas.jpg