, PRODUCER / DIRECTOR
Rodriguez grew up in Los Angeles, while the city was still
in the thick of its Anglo Century. He has witnessed the dramatic
demographic and cultural change that his city has undergone
in the past two decades. The Los Angeles of today is a brown
His latest film Los Angeles Now
is a feature-length HiDef documentary that examines the implications
of this city’s post-Anglo future. It includes conversations
with major Los Angeles figures ranging from Salma
Hayek and Eli Broad to
Richard Rodriguez and Cardinal
Los Angeles Now is a rare,
thoughtful and beautiful evocation of a city. Rodriguez set
out to make a film that not only describes the city, but also
replicates what the feels like the city.
||Phillip Rodriguez with Phil Jackson
I want to keep the documentary alive for new generations
of viewers. Today's audiences are increasingly aesthetically
discriminating and visually insatiable. The socially critical
documentary, on the other hand, has become a slave to journalistic
conventions and a milquetoast aesthetic. Fortunately, the
digital age has ushered in an era of great possibilities for
the documentary. My work aspires to integrate these new technologies,
changing demographics and new cultural configurations to help
reinvigorate the form.
||Phillip Rodriguez with Renán
Almendárez "El Cucuy"
Rodriguez is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and has an M.A.
in Latin American Studies and an M.F.A. in Film and Television
from U.C.L.A. He also studied Art History and Spanish Literature
at Universidad Cumplutense de Madrid. He is Senior Fellow
for Documentary Filmmaking at the Institute for Justice and
Journalism at the University of Southern California's Annenberg
School for Communication.
Rodriguez’ other documentaries include; Mixed
Feelings: San Diego/Tijuana (2002), Pancho
Villa & Other Stories (1998), and Manuel
Ocampo: God is My Copilot (1990
He has photographed numerous award-winning American and Mexican
Mr. Rocha’s credits include:
The Maldonado Miracle, starring
Salma Hayek. The
Velocity of Gary, starring Salma
Hayek. Skipped Parts,
starring Drew Barrymore. Picture
Bride starring Youki Kudoh.
The Whole Wide World, starring
Renee Zelwinger. Principio
y Fin, Directed by Arturo Ripsten.
Bajo California: Limite de Tiempo,
Directed by Carlos Bolado. Ancient
Cities of Mexico, a documentary series produced by
C/Producciones in cooperation
with the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico
Rocha has also collaborated with Rodriguez on both Mixed
Feelings: San Diego/Tijuana and Los
Angeles Now as the Director of Photography and Cinematographer.