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2012 Summer Docs Showcase

About the Artists

Felix Rodríguez (NJCU class of 2012) was born in the Bronx NY, and currently works in Jersey City, NJ. His body of work includes various documentaries, including A City In Love, The Edge of All You Know, Homeless Not Helpless, and his upcoming flagship piece called Red Light Larry about a well-known panhandler who plies his trade on Route 440 in Jersey City. Felix is influenced by his fascination with photography, and his work focuses on themes of compassion, redemption, and urban life. His accomplishments include working as a director of photography with Jersey City-based KVibe Productions, and his production company Lifting the Veil Productions, where he is a cinematographer. His work has been screened at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theater in Jersey City, the Hoboken Historical Museum, Ellis Island in New York Harbor, and the Black Maria Film Festival, where he won a Director’s Choice Award for his experimental work cinco/CERO/cinco. He was a segment producer for the NJCU Media Arts Department documentary production, Jersey City: 24 Hours in Public Places, which premiered in the fall of 2012. Felix graduated with a B.A. in Media Arts in Summer 2012. As far as everything else in life, he loves good coffee, indie music and theology. His work can be viewed on his website, unusualtomorrowfilms.com.

Makisha Rodriguez (NJCU class of 2013) is in her senior year at NJ City University’s Media Arts Department. She was born and raised in Worcester, MA, and came to New York 5 years ago to study acting for film & television at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. While studying at the conservatory, Makisha developed an interest in screen writing and post-production work. Once she received her Associate’s Degree for Screen Acting she transferred to NJ City University to continue her studies and pursue a career in screen writing. Although her new passion is for screenwriting, Makisha has been known to make frequent acting appearances on many of her peers’ productions at NJCU. In the summer of 2013, Makisha will graduate with a B.A. in Media Arts. Her work has been screened at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theater, in Jersey City, NJ. Makisha won first prize in the 2012 NJ Young Film and Videomakers' Festival for her documentary, "AKA: Cheese."

Nandy Santos (NJCU class of 2012) is a recent graduate with his B.A. in Media Arts & his B.S. in Business Management. He was born in Hoboken NJ, and currently works in New York City at MTV as a post-production supervisor. Nandy aspires to be a film director; he possesses drive, an imaginative shooting style, and impressive postproduction skills. His accomplishments include founding his own production company, “NAN-D Productions” where he is the videographer and editor. His work has been screened at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theater in Jersey City, and the Hoboken Historical Museum. He was the program editor for the NJCU Media Arts Department documentary production, Jersey City: 24 Hours in Public Places, which premiered in the fall of 2012. Upon graduation, he received the prestigious Dr. Joseph Drew Award for Excellence in Media Production, for his creative and outstanding work and his high academic achievements. Nandy won first prize in the 2012 NJ Young Film and Videomakers' Festival for his documentary, "AKA: Cheese."

Marco Vidal (NJCU class of 2012) was born and raised in Jersey City. He is a recent graduate of NJ City University with a B.A. in Media Arts, achieving high honors as a Dean’s List student. His academic achievements are all the more impressive as he has contributed to his education by working throughout his college career at a record store, and interning and working as a DJ at WLIW – a free-form independent radio station based in Jersey City. Marco’s strong and expressive work in narrative, music video, and documentary, has been screened at the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theater in Jersey City, and at the Hoboken Historical Museum. He was a segment producer and post-production supervisor, for the NJCU Media Arts Department documentary production, Jersey City: 24 Hours in Public Places, which premiered in the fall of 2012.