Phillip Rodriguez

Phillip Rodriguez is the founder of City Projects, an organization dedicated to creating sustainable programs that will both educate and entertain today's broad and diverse audiences.   Rodriguez is also a Senior Fellow for Documentary Filmmaking at the Institute for Justice and Journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication.

Rodriguez recently completed 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.

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 New York Anthology Film Archives, Boston Fine Arts Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou, INPUT 2005, Harvard Film Archives, MOCA Los Angeles 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' film work include 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.


Production Credits

Phillip Rodriguez

Associate Producer
Jennifer Craig-Kobzik

Rafael Del Toro

Claudio Rocha

Sound Designer
Jon Oh

Jose Paredes
Michael Grawert

Editorial Advisor
Suzanne Smith

Legal Consul
Sandra Cannon

Executive Producer for ITVS
Sally Jo Fifer

Production Assistants
Olivia Gonzalez
Mervyn Cole
Ryan Frick
Josh Kesner

Janet Ceja
Susy Garciasalas
Courtney Kerrigan
Rocio Zamora Arzola

2nd Camera
Michael Jacob Kerber
Hilda Mercado
Humberto Ramirez

Teen Camera
JD Gonzalez
Arianna Taboada

Additional Editing
Michael Zapanta

Additional Stills Photography
Josh Kesner

Type Design
Greg Lindy
Intersection Studio

Monica Alba
Destiny Lopez
Robyn Lopez
Ilana Nasser
Ashley Sandoval
Andrea Tabor

HD Online
Timecode Multimedia

Stephanie Goddell

Bilingual Voice Over
Chris Villa
Shantel Zorrilla

Special Thanks & Consideration

Southwest Airlines

Additional Participants & Contributors
Javier Aldape
Andrea Alegria
Ricki Askin
Chetan Balachandra
Pat BennettThe Britto Agency
Emma Carrasco
Andrea Carrion
Doug Chang
Peter Ciccarelli
Bill Dana
Ron DeBlasio
Natalia Desrosiers
Diamante Pictures
Beth Franco
Guy Garcia
Oscar Garza
Gabriela Gonzalez
W. Jason Grimley
Félix F. Gutiérrez
Mickey Ibarra
Janice Jordan
Elinor Kinnier
Bobby Kirkwood
Ann Serrano Lopez
George Lopez
Tanya Lopez
Norma Manzanares
Marleah Leslie & Assoc.
Lidia Martinez
Jenni Matz
Mimi McCormick
Mohawk Productions
Steve Montiel
Julio Moran
National Hispanic Media Coalition
Anna Lydia Ochoa
La Agencia de Orci
Lourdes Ortega
Julio Cesar Ortiz
Jessica Pantanini
Michael Parks
Celeste Pietrusza
George Pla
Daniel Rabilwongse
Penny Raile
Gabriel Reyes
Richard Salazar
SDM Music
Frank Sotomayor
Subway Restaurants
James Vasquesz
Michael Veneto
Warner Brothers
Sylvia Wells
Kerry Wilker
William Morris Agency, LLC

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Dedicated to my friends at 16th & Mission St., 1984

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Brown is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream is a co-production of
213 Projects, LLC and the Independent Television Service (ITVS).

This program was produced by 213 Projects, LLC, which is solely responsible for its content.