Phillip Rodriguez is the founder of City Projects, a company that creates media for a rapidly diversifying America and invites new audiences to its educational programs via broadcast, Internet and community outreach. Rodriguez is also a Senior Fellow for Documentary Filmmaking at the Institute for Justice and Journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication.
Rodriguez's most recent documentary, Latinos '08, premiered on PBS on October 8, 2008. Latinos '08 looks at these new Americans through the prism of the 2008 presidential election, exploring how Latinos will impact not just this election but American politics for decades to come. The New York Times said the film "isn't afraid to turn conventional wisdom on its head." The Washington Post called it "higher truth-telling....Director Phillip Rodriguez knows his way around this territory of ironies and pieties layered upon an undeniably real demographic bedrock." The San Diego Union Tribune editorial board described the film as "masterful." The project was made possible by PBS, CPB, LPB, the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Southwest Airlines.
Rodriguez' previous projects include 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. Winner of the 2008 Imagen award for Best Documentary, syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette wrote that Brown is the New Green makes PBS "look better after working with Rodriguez." The project was made possible by ITVS, PBS, CPB, LPB, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Southwest Airlines.
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.