Gabe Rodriguez is an award-winning filmmaker, playwright, critic, and lyricist. He has worked on The Apprentice, Make Me a Supermodel, and Bill Moyers' Journal, and been published in Hispanic Business, The World and I, and MovieMaker magazine and currently blogs for LET US NERD. His major works for the screen are FIGHTING NIRVANA, SUSIE IN THE AFTERLIFE, Q TO THE 6 TRAIN, HAVANA IN BUSHWICK, and GODDESS OF TIME. His major works for the stage are ZORA'S COLLAR and MOTHER'S PEAK.
SUSIE IN THE AFTERLIFE won the Spirit Award at The Queens World Film Festival in 2011. Q TO THE 6 TRAIN was selected by the Anthology Film Archives as part of a retrospective for the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, and has since played in part of The Subway Film Series. Read about the making of the film here. HAVANA IN BUSHWICK premiered at The International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival and its making was covered by the publication Examiner. GODDESS OF TIME premiered at The Dolby Screening Room in October 2013. It has since played at The Queens World Film Festival and The ACT Film Festival and been written about in Inner Vibrations Magazine. Read the article here! ZORA'S COLLAR was initially written as a short film, but the advice of others suggested it would work better as a One Act play. And so, in December 2015, Gabe made his theatrical debut when ZORA'S COLLAR premiered at Manhattan Rep Theatre. His second play, MOTHER'S PEAK, premiered in February 2016 at the same venue and had an extended run in March where it competed and was later a finalist in the Spring One Act Competition.
Gabe has unabashedly cited his love of Disney animation as his main influence in becoming a storyteller, and as a result many of his films have a fairy-tale narrative or heightened presentation. Inspired in part by his admiration for playwright and Disney legend Howard Ashman, he soon tried his hand at songwriting, writing the titular theme song for Q TO THE 6 TRAIN. HAVANA IN BUSHWICK features two original songs by Gabe: the titular piano-based Bolero and the sensual "Spray Me With Your Sugar."
Gabe also made a web-based documentary called THE JOY THAT GOT AWAY, about the making of the cult classic RETURN TO OZ (1985, dir. Walter Murch). While an amateur and non-profit production, it continues to win approval from its most important critics: the Oz fanbase. You can access THE JOY THAT GOT AWAY's official website here.
Gabe is a creator rather than a technical mind. If you're looking for a camera-man or gaffer, or a body to just tug equipment, you'll find tons of those. But if you're looking for a Storyteller and a Creative, then he is the man. He has been writing since the womb.