Phillip Rodriguez is an award winning filmmaker and fellow at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. The Washington Post has referred to Rodriguez' work as "higher truth-telling, "The San Diego Tribune calls his work "masterful," and The New York Times "thoughtful. "Rodriguez' documentaries include: Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle, RACE 2012: A conversation About Race and Politics in America, Latinos ’08, Brown is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream, Los Angeles Now, Mixed Feelings: San Diego/Tijuana, Manuel Ocampo: God is My Copilot, and Pancho Villa & Other Stories.
Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle won Best Documentary at the 2014 San Antonio CineFestival. RACE 2012: A conversation About Race and Politics in America was awarded a 2013 CINE Golden Eagle Award in the the Best Televised News Division – Informational/Current Issue category. Latinos ’08 received a 2009 CINE Golden Eagle Award for Best News Analysis. Brown is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream, was awarded the 2008 Imagen Award for Best TV Documentary.
Rodriguez's work has been screened at festivals, museums, archives, art houses and universities including; Centre Georges Pompidou, the Guadalajara International Book Fair, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Harvard Film Archives, MOCA Los Angeles, Anthology Film Archives, AFI International Festival, the Hawaii International Film Festival, Smithsonian National Gallery and many other high-profile venues.
In 2006 Rodriguez received the first annual United States Artists Broad Fellow Award. This annual award, made by United States Artists (USA) honors the country’s finest living artists.