Photo by Jennifer Durán
Born in Mexico City, director Rodrigo Reyes makes films deeply grounded in his identity as an immigrant artist, crafting a poetic gaze from the margins of both cultures, using striking imagery to portray the contradictory nature of our shared world, while revealing the potential for transformative change .
In 2020, Rodrigo’s latest film “499,” won Best Cinematography at Tribeca, as well as the Special Jury Award at Hot Docs. He has screened at festivals such as Morelia International Film Festival, BFI London, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, receiving great reviews. Rodrigo’s work has received the support of The Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE), Sundance and Tribeca Institutes, and many others. His work has screened on national public broadcast on America ReFramed and has been commissioned by Netflix. Rodrigo is a proud recipient of the prestigious Sundance Spotlight on Storytellers Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Creative Capital Award.
Based in Oakland, he is a Pacific Pioneer Fund grantee, a Bay Area Video Coalition Mediamaker Fellow and winner of the Saul Zaentz Award of the Berkeley Film Foundation. Rodrigo has served on several Diversity Advisory Boards for the San Francisco Film Society; he has taught masterclasses, workshops and seminars at Princeton, Boston University, The New School, University of San Diego, Video Consortium and DOCSMX Film Festival, amongst many other spaces, and he also a mentor within the American Film Showcase, working with filmmakers in Mexico and El Salvador. In fall of 2020, Rodrigo was named the new Co-Director for the BAVC Mediamaker Fellowship, and the Minneapolis Film Society announced it would hold the first ever retrospective of his work.
In 2021, Rodrigo received the SF IndieFest Vanguard Award and was selected as one of the visionary Bay Area artists selected for the inaugural Rainin Fellowship.