Phillip Rodriguez

A documentary filmmaker and Los Angeles native, Rodriguez is driven by a desire to chronicle and translate the dramatic cultural changes occurring in the western United States. His previous documentary, the critically acclaimed Mixed Feelings: San Diego/Tijuana explores the landscape and architecture between the U.S./Mexican border. It aired several times during 2002 and 2003 and will continue to air in 2004 on PBS. The film uses animation of architectural models, aerial photography, split screen, digital music and other means to illustrate the cultural differences suggested by the built environments of the two cities.

Rodriguez's interest in how culture is constructed and brokered by and among elites led to the making of the documentary Manuel Ocampo: God is My Copilot. An examination of multi-culturalism as manifested in the contemporary art world, the film chronicles the rise and fall of a talented young Filipino American painter and his relationship to art dealers and collectors. Featuring Julian Schnabel, Dennis Hopper and Mary Boone, the film witnesses the many misunderstandings between an Asian American West Coast artist and the decidedly New York-centered art world. The film was celebrated at film festivals worldwide, including the AFI International Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, the Biennale Internationale du Film sur l'Art at the Centre Georges Pomidou in Paris and the Havana Film Festival.

Another Rodriguez project, Pancho Villa and Other Stories, focused on the general exploits of General Pancho Villa and the oral histories of those involved in the revolutionary movement in Mexico. It won an award for Best Documentary at the 2000 San Antonio Cinefestival and was honored at the Smithsonian National Gallery.

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. 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 UCLA. He also studied art history and Spanish literature at Universidad Cumplutense de Madrid. He is currently a senior research fellow at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University.


Production Credits

Produced & Directed by
Phillip Rodriguez

Cinematography by
Claudio Rocha

Edited by
Bernard Lhert

Animation by
Claudio Rocha & Humberto Ramirez Jr.

Associate Producer
Jennifer Craig-Kobzik

Production Coordinator
Joaquin Mesa

Assistant Producer
Allie Spiro-Winn

Sound Designer
Jon Oh

Additional Special Sounds
Leticia Castaneda

Re-recording by
Riverside Sound LLC, Richard Burton

1st Assistant Editor
Humberto Ramirez Jr.

Assistant Editors
Anna Dale, Sorayya Kasamali, Gabriela Gonzalez

Production Assistants
Aurore Barry
Kris Belman
Christian Fatala
Paul Forrer
Fayad Garcia
Tim Laurie
Daniela Monitel
Francisco Perez
Omar Ramirez
Stuart Smith

Titles by
Mirena Kim

Digital Post Services Provided by
Digital Film Tree and KPBS

Offscreen Interviews (in order of appearance)

Mariana Botey
Dov Charney
Majib Nacify

Executive Producer for ITVS
Sally Jo Fifer

Consulting Producer
Gary Lucchesi

Advisory Board
Philip Burton
Edward C. Cazier, Jr.
Fernando J. Guerra
Robin Kramer
Gary Marenzi
Mara Marks
Suzanne Weil

Special Thanks
Panasonic VariCam, DVCPRO HD and Panasonic DVCPRO HD 150 Deck Courtesy of Panasonic

High Definition lens courtesy of Thales Angenieux

Camera Batteries courtesy of Anton Bauer

Lighting courtesy of Kino Flo, Inc.

High Definition support courtesy of Ascent Media Group

Thanks to
Cas Amezcua
Patricia Castaneda
Gunita Chopra
Daniel Forgeron
David French
Danielle Kolich
Nora Jayne Mallen
Candice Marriot
Xochitl Marquez
Maureen Obrien
Rebecca Romero
Dr. Birute Vileis

Participants and Contributors
Theresa Adams-Lopez
James Allen
Yoko Arthur
Jennie Avila
Suzanne Avila
Paul Berrin
Sandow Birk
John Black
Kim Buie
Sandra Cannon
Diego Cardoso
Doug Chang
Cyrus Chartres
John Chase
Mike Cholakian
Patricia Correa
Papa Cristos
David & Ruth De Leon
Capt. Anthony DiTucci
Tom Donnelly
Paul Dudeck
Kathleen Emerson
Shepard Fairey
Greg Fischer
Lauda Flores
Harvey Friend
Jonathan Gold
Carlos Gonzalez
Carolina G. Guevara
Herman Hagan
Jeremy Height
Dana Hutt
Ramy Katrib
Katrien Klaussig
Jeff Knowlton
Andres Macchiavello
Nancy Manzanares
Kevin McMahon
Edvin Mehrabyan
Jeff Merritt
Patty Morales
Julianna Morvais
Dennis C. Moss
John Olchak
Sandra Paialii
Claudia Parodi
Pilar Perez
Wes Plate
Melissa Ratcliff
Jorge Rocha
David Rodes
James Rojas
Bill Ropp
Carrie Ross
Tadd Russikoff
Bill Sadler
Zed Saeed
Fernando Schiantarelli
Suzanne Smith
L. Naomi Spellman
Cheryl Steelberg
Todd Tamberg
Anthony Tercero
Deputy Derrick A. Thompson
Eugene Turner
Kazys Varnelis
Karen Verdugo
Fred Wachtel
Phillip Wagner
Martha Welborne
Ken Williams
Jim Wiltgen
David Wiswell
David Zellhart

American Apparel
Automatic Duck
Fais Do Do
Go Betty Go
The Grove
Valley Crest

Linda Bukowski, The Estate of Charles Bukowski and John and Barbara Martin

Photographs and Illustrations Courtesy of Conceptual Drawings and Renderings of “L.A. River Park” L.A. Now Volume Two: Shaping a New Vision for Downtown Los Angeles, published by Art Center College of Design, 2002 Patrick McEneany Susan Wong Lai

Los Angeles Public Library Security Pacific Collection Herald Examiner Collection Gary Leonard Harold Morby

The Nissan Open presented by Countrywide and the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce

Lakewood Photos William Garnett The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Seaver Center for Western History Research, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History

Thomas Bros. Maps. Copyright Thomas Bros. Maps, All Rights Reserved

UCLA Air Photo Archives Collection

Compositions and Recordings Music Consulting Norma Manzanares

“Radio Zumbido” “LA Transistor” All tracks written by Radio Zumbido Published by Palm Pictures Publishing

“Night Collider/Half Way There” Written by Cohen/Chloca(BMI) Performed by Languis

Produced in Association with the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Latino Public Broadcasting and KPBS.

All Rights Reserved City Projects, LLC, 2004

This program was produced by City Projects, which is solely responsible for its content

Presented by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.