Rudy Valdez is a Michigan-raised, New York City-based filmmaker committed to making cinematic, meaningful documentary films about social, cultural and political issues. Rudy got his start as a camera operator on the Peabody Award-winning, Sundance series Brick City, and other credits include: Cinematographer for Academy Award-nominated Director Sebastian Junger’s film The Last Patrol (HBO); Director of Photography for Whoopi Goldberg presents Moms Mabley: I Got Something To Tell You produced and directed by Whoopi Goldberg, premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and aired on HBO; Director of Photography for Remembering the Artist, Robert De Niro, Sr., that premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO; Director of Photography on The Conversation Series, a New York Times OpDoc; Cinematographer for the BET series Second Coming?: Will Black America Decide the 2012 Election?; Director of Photography for Prison Dogs, directed by Geeta Gandbhir and Perri Peltz and premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival; Cinematographer for Buried Above Ground, directed by Ben Selkow and premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival; as well as, The Talk a Sam Pollard documentary for PBS. And, a true passion project, The Sentence, a documentary about mandatory minimums and sentencing reform that Valdez has shot and directed over the course of a decade, premiered and won the US Documentary Audience Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and went on to win the 2019 Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking.

The Sentence
Our Fathers
American Family Insurance
Keep Dreamin' Kid
Dream Charter School
John Legend
Harlem Village Academy