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Wesley Rodriguez, 

Los Angeles, California, USA

Wesley "Wes" Rodriguez is a Florida-grown, Cuban-Guatemalan American writer, director, and cinematographer based in Los Angeles, California. Most recently, Wes serves as the technical director for AMC’s The Walking Dead Universe Twitch Channel since its launch in September 2020.  

 

He is a NALIP Latino Media Market Fellow, and in 2019, he and his co-creator, Zakaria Schwartz, pitched SYSTEMA, a Latinx, sci-fi adventure series to 20+ TV network executives and agencies. Shortly after, Wes founded Pa'lante Pictures, a Latine production company focused on empowering and uplifting voices in the Latino community through science-fiction and comedy. 

 

Working closely with Werner Herzog in Cuba in 2017, Wes co-wrote, directed, and DPed Palante, an award-winning, slice-of-life, short film shot in San Antonio De Los Baños, Cuba. In 2018, Wes's short film Disconnected, an experimental and visceral drama about Hurricane Maria, premiered at the HBO New York Latino Film Festival in Times Square.

 

Beyond his career as a writer-director, Wesley’s work as a commercial and narrative cinematographer has been exhibited both domestically and internationally, as well as featured on Amazon Prime Video, DUST, PBS World Channel, and The History Channel. 

 

Wes earned an M.F.A. from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts where he was a recipient of the Director's Guild of America John Frankenheimer Fellowship. He holds a B.S. in Media Production from the University of Florida. 

 

Amongst his career as a filmmaker, he has also taught film and mentored underrepresented youth in East LA through the Latino Film Institute's Youth Cinema Project under the guidance of its founder, Edward James Olmos. Currently, Wes practices mindfulness and martial arts at the Shaolin Temple Los Angeles and is an avid hiker and photographer. 

AWARDS/HIGHLIGHTS

2019, NALIP Latino Media Market Fellow, Systema, TV/Streaming Series

2018, Official Selection, Disconnected,  HBO New York Latino Film Festival
2018, Best Director & Grand Jury Award, Palante , Oklahoma Latino Film Festival

2018, Best Director & Short Screenplay, Palante, Premios Latino - Spain
2017, Best International Short Film, Palante, Official Latino Film Festival
2017, Audience Award, Palante, Gainesville Latino Film Festival
2017, Filmmaking Workshop in Cuba with Werner Herzog 
2016, Official Selection, Debbie's Feet, Cannes Short Corner

2014, DGA John Frankenheimer Fellowship, University of Southern California

 

EDUCATION

2016, MFA Film and Television, USC School of Cinematic Arts

2012, BS Telecommunication Production, University of Florida