Rodrigo Zan was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and since his early ages his passion for music, poetry, nature, new medias and mystery took him to many trips and journeys all over the world. He has degrees in Multimedia from PUC-SP - focus and extended research in New Media. Complemented studies with 3 years of courses in Art in Advertising, 2 years of Photography at Panamericana School of Arts and Master in Fine Arts at the New York Film Academy.

His films, photographs, and work are a cinematic reflection of life, his perspectives about the experience of his on this world. The necessity to unleash himself from the institutionalization of the mind reflects the freedom that drives him to different ways to express his feelings and thoughts. Fallowing the flow of the energy that inspires him, the mechanism, writing, directing, photographing are only ways to express the same thing, the perspective, and the experience.

Usually shooting with analogical cameras seems to be more honest to the real life for him, keeping the momentum, the importance of the click that brings magic and discipline to the photos. The chemical process seems to him be more organic. 

He also directed three narrative short films already, “Moments”, “Blue Bird”, “Jimbo” and one short documentary “Seeking the Joy”. Now working on his first feature film. Directly participating and winner of  festivals like, Brooklyn Film Festival, Sunset Film Festival, Taste Awards, and IndieFest. 

In this specific work, the idea was to reconnect with the nature in Brazil, understand after many years living in LA and in the desert, the differences landscapes we have in Brazil, and interaction with the nature in a place full of life and green. Exploring the beauty of the “Mata Atlantica” and the warm water from Atlantic Ocean, we were contemplating the mixing of colors that those places bring to us. 

After driving on North Coast of Sao Paulo we found an amazing reserve, with a single beach, where the water comes from both side and the beach is only a connection with the small island full of Palms Tree. 

This place was pure and magic.


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