Director: Phillip Rodriguez
Filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez is a visiting fellow at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and the founder of City Projects, an organization that creates documentaries and educational programs for a rapidly diversifying American population.
Prior to Race 2012, Rodriguez’s documentary, Latinos ’08, examined the 2008 presidential election through the prism of ethnic politics. The film explored the impact Latinos will have on American politics for decades to come. The New York Times called the film “thoughtful” and said it was ”not afraid to turn conventional wisdom on its head.” The Washington Post described it as “higher truth-telling,” The film received a 2009 CINE Golden Eagle Award for best news analysis.
Rodriguez’s previous film, Brown is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream, (2007), won the 2008 Imagen Award for Best TV. Syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette wrote that Brown is the New Green makes PBS “look better after working with Rodriguez.”
Other documentaries directed by Phillip Rodriguez include Los Angeles Now (2004), Mixed Feelings: San Diego/Tijuana (2002), Manuel Ocampo: God is My Copilot (1999), and Pancho Villa & Other Stories (1998).
In 2006 Rodriguez received the first annual United States Artists Broad Fellow Award. This annual award, made by United States Artists (USA) honors the country’s finest living artists.
Rodriguez is currently working on, Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle, a one hour PBS documentary that will examine the life and mysterious death of Ruben Salazar, a prominent 20th-century Mexican American journalist.