Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico.
In our ever-connected world, a force of nature can easily disconnect us, but also show us what is truly important.
WESLEY “WES” RODRIGUEZ is a Los Angeles-based narrative and commercial director/cinematographer. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production from the University of Southern California, where he was awarded the prestigious Directors Guild of America John Frankenheimer Fellowship. Wes’ most recent film, Palante, a film shot in Cuba with Werner Herzog was awarded Best International Film at the Official Latino Film Festival in New York City and has been officially selected in various film festivals across the country. His other bodies of work includes photographing more than 20 short films, two independent documentaries located in Thailand and Japan, and two feature-films set to release internationally in 2018. Wes is a native of Naples, Florida to Cuban & Guatemalan parents and began his journey into film at the University of Florida (UF) where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Telecommunication Production working as a staff photographer, video director, producer, and cinematographer at UF. Wes loves to keep it fun on set, loves to camp, hike, salsa dance and is an Eagle Scout dedicated to nature and world travel.
I decided to make a film that hit close to home. Having had been disconnected from my own family during Hurricane Irma in Naples, Florida. I felt a sense of helplessness. It had been the first time I had ever experienced a hurricane of this magnitude away from home. While I can’t truly communicate what the people of Puerto must have felt when Maria hit, I can definitely tell you how it felt on the other side.