Columbia Film Festival

Look At Us Now: A Comic Book Movie

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Based on the poem by Vee The Vision, LOOK AT US NOW: A COMIC BOOK MOVIE follows a diverse group of urban comic book lovers, and tells the story of how geek culture went from being a punchline to a global phenomenon.

Director Biography - Vee Rodriguez

Vee Rodriguez, also known by his stage name Vee The Vision, is a Dominican-American writer, musician and filmmaker from Washington Heights, New York City. From an early age, Vee was astonished by the visual aesthetics found in film, as well as the writing in comic books. This eventually led to a merge of passions. His writing eventually evolved into poems, which then evolved into Rap. At the age of 25, Vee started a vlog series on Instagram called "Geek Mythology", which had an urban-documentary flare and revolved around Comic Book and Hip-Hop culture. The vlog gained over 10,000 followers. In early 2020, Vee released his first official single, "If You Want It", which featured several comic book and film references. The 1990's Rap-inspired single became available on all streaming platforms and garnered positive reviews from fans. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Vee released a poem titled "SHADES", which was a response to police brutality and injustice to people of color. His latest poem "INKED BLADE" is in response to media manipulation towards society following a series of riots. In January of 2021, Vee adapted "INKED BLADE" into a short documentary.

The film received general acclaim, as well as an official selection in the Venice Shorts Film Festival. Vee continues to write and plans to adapt more poetry to film. His next film, "LOOK AT US NOW: A COMIC BOOK MOVIE”, is circulating the festival market with critical acclaim.

Director Statement

I believe it is important to communicate through art because art has the ability to succeed where politics and religion fail. Films have moved me enough to make me want to document my own truths narratively or experimentally. My films INKED BLADE and LOOK AT US NOW are the most personal things I've ever made and I hope they will inspire more people to use their voice.

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    United States
  • Director
    Vee Rodriguez
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    Vee Rodriguez
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    Vee Rodriguez
  • Cast
    Vee Rodriguez, Tony Bartele, Manny Luna, Christina Kaplan, Leo Lungaro, Nadya Martinez, Phillip Rogers