David Rodriguez is an acclaimed television and feature film director who has a wide-ranging variety of credits that include ANIMAL KINGDOM, OUTSIDERS, CHICAGO MED, CHICAGO P.D., QUEEN OF THE SOUTH, SCANDAL and feature films PUSH, AMERICAN BULLY and ONCE UPON A TIME IN QUEENS. David recently served as Co-Executive Producer / Director of Showtime's THE CHI and is currently the Co-Executive Producer / Director on TNT's ANIMAL KINGDOM.
In 2003, David began writing, directing and producing his first feature film, PUSH, which starred Chad Lindberg, Otto Sanchez, Paul BenVictor and Chazz Palminteri. The film was released by ContentFilm in 2006.
In 2007, David was moved by our countries post 9/11 media proliferation and in 2008, he co-wrote, produced and directed the acclaimed and disturbing feature film, AMERICAN BULLY (f.k.a. Anytown) starring Matt O'Leary, Marshall Allman, John Savage and Natasha Henstridge. The film won several awards and garnered positive credible reviews with one from Variety comparing the film to some of Michael Haneke's more grueling and tense films. AMERICAN BULLY is now available on DVD nationwide.
In 2012, David wrote, produced and directed ONCE UPON A TIME IN QUEENS, his third feature film. The screenplay tells the story of a New York mafia capo and his inability to function in today's society after serving 20 plus years in prison. Principal photography took place in Queens, NY and the film enjoyed genuine and heart-felt performances from every member of its distinguished cast which includes, Paul Sorvino, Renee Props, Michael Rapaport, Steven Bauer and Chazz Palminteri, to name only part of this talented and dedicated ensemble. QUEENS premiered at the 2013 Seattle International Film Festival where it garnered rave reviews. In 2014, David received special recognition from the Producer's Guild of America for his work on QUEENS. The film was acquired by Lionsgate and opened with a limited theatrical run in New York and Los Angeles in 2014.
David was born and raised in the Bronx and Long Island. He graduated from New York Military Academy and spent some time as a corrections and law enforcement officer in South Florida. David now lives in Los Angeles, he is a member of the Director's Guild of America and has served as an alternate on the Western Director's Council and as co-chair of the DGA Latino Steering Committee.
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