A brief look at Rodrigo Garcia’s Magnificent TV Work


Looking at Rodrigo Garcia movies and television work, most of critics are looking to find an influence of his father, Colombian Nobel-winner writer Gabriel García Márquez or other people that he was raised around, such as Neruda and Luis Buñuel. But Rodrigo Garcia proves his independent way of thinking through his work. To me Rodrigo is as important to the world of filmmaking as his father was to the world of literature. I think the world of cinema needs to look at his work again to get my point. After writing film critic for over a half a century and studying the history of film and running a publication focused on world cinema, I have realized that  there are many great filmmakers that do not receive the recognition that they deserve.

Just watching beatitude masterpieces such as Nine Lives, Mother and Child, and Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her, you start to understand the reason of my deep admiration for this amazing filmmaker

I was even more impressed  by Rodrigo Garcia when I checked out the TV series he had worked on. The pilots and episodes that he has directed for Television and web  all have his special touch of him, developing incredible characters, shows such as The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Carnivàle, Boomtown, Six Degrees, Big Love, Tell Me You Love Me, In Treatment,  and Party of Five.
Bijan Tehrani

We had a video interview with Rodrigo Garcia about his work for Television:

Rodrigo Garcia is a Mexican film director that has directed a variety of independent films, including the award-winning “Nine Lives”; the three-time Academy Award-nominated feature “Albert Nobbs,” starring Glenn Close; and “Mother and Child,” starring Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Samuel L. Jackson. In 2000, Rodrigo’s first film as a writer and director, “Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her,” won the Un Certain Regard Award at the Cannes Film Festival. “Last Days in the Desert,” starring Ewan McGregor, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and this past January, “Four Good Days,” starring Glenn Close and Mila Kunis premiered at Sundance as well, which was written and directed by Rodrigo.

Among his television credits are the cable series “In Treatment,” on which he served as executive producer and showrunner for the first season and received a Writers Guild of America Award in the New Series category. Other TV credits include “Sopranos,” “Six Feet Under,” “Carnivȧle” and “Big Love,” for which he directed the pilot episode and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. Garcia also directed the pilot for CBS’s hit drama” Bull” starring Michael Weatherly and the upcoming ”Party of Five” reboot from Freeform and Sony Pictures Television.

Garcia is also the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Indigenous Media, a next generation digital studio focused on producing original content for digital and emerging platforms worldwide. He is Co-Creator of WIGS, the digital drama channel offering over 180 episodes of scripted content. For WIGS, Rodrigo wrote and directed the WIGS series “Blue,” starring Julia Stiles, and “Christine,” starring America Ferrera.


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Bijan Tehrani

Bijan Tehrani a film director, film critic and writer, works as editor in chief of Cinema Without Borders while teaching Language of Film and Film History at workshops nationwide. Bijan has won several awards in international film festivals and book fairs for his short films and children's books.

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