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The Last Rodriguez

Meet Ben Rodriguez. He's almost 40. He lives at home. And his mom thinks it's time for him to find true love so he can get married, so he can have kids, so he does not become... The Last Rodriguez. It's never too late for a coming of age story.

The Last Rodriguez can be viewed as a web series (12 episodes, 3-8 minutes each) or re-cut as a feature film (70 minutes).

  • Tania Luna
    Director
  • Tania Luna
    Writer
    Surprise: Embrace the Unpredictable & Engineer the Unexpected (book)
  • Brian Luna
    Writer
    7th and 11th Dimensions (award-winning solo play)
  • Tania Luna
    Producer
  • Brian Luna
    Producer
  • Matt Clouston
    Key Cast
    "Norman"
  • Youri Cho
    Key Cast
    "Jing"
  • Wesley Volcy
    Key Cast
    "Dijon"
  • Kate Simses
    Key Cast
    "Gladys"
  • Vicki Hanes
    Key Cast
    "Felia"
  • Myrna Cabello
    Key Cast
    "Linda"
  • Andrew Herrera
    Key Cast
    "Rick"
  • Brian Luna
    Key Cast
    "Ben "
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    mockumentary, comedy, romance
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 7, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Tania Luna

Tania Luna is a psychology researcher, entrepreneur, co-host of the podcast Talk Psych to Me, and co-author of the book Surprise: Embrace the Unpredictable & Engineer the Unexpected. She is a TED speaker and contributing writer for Psychology Today, Harvard Business Review, and various other publications. She wears many hats, but they all have the same lining: a passion for sharing stories that challenge our minds and open our hearts.

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Director Statement

My daily inspiration is my late dog, Scarlet. When she came into our lives, she was covered in scars from her days of being used as bait in fights. She was so silent that the vet thought her vocal cords had been cut. Then, one day, she let out a loud, deep Bark!

From Scarlet, I learned that everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard and a story that needs to be told. She also taught me that even our saddest stories can be full of hope and laughter (have you ever seen a pitbull wearing fairy wings?).

So, I strive to tell stories of the quiet, the misunderstood, the overlooked, the outcasts, and the underdogs.

In The Last Rodriguez, my husband and co-creator (Brian Luna) and I wanted to shine a light on bias and stereotypes through a mix of laughter and heart.