Rafael Flores is a bilingual documentary and narrative filmmaker of Mexican-Lithuanian ancestry. He is Phi Beta Kappa Scholar who holds a Masters of Fine Arts specializing in Directing, Social Justice Film Production, Chicano Cinema, and Third Cinema. He also holds a BA in Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies from the University Washington. He is currently a lecturer at San Francisco State University who teaches Latin-American Cinema, Digital Film Production, Screenwriting and Documentary film theory.
Rafael Flores is also the Arts Director for non-profit United Roots, Administrative Director of the Hidden Gem Incubator, and Co-Founder of production company Green Eyed Media, organizations all based in Oakland, CA. His work has been praised by various institutions that include: The White House, The Grammy Foundation, TED-X lecture series, the Cannes International Film Festival, the Writer’s Guild Theater of America, the London Guardian, and the Chicano International Film Festival.
In 2004 and 2005 Mr. Flores received the University of Washington’s Certificate of High Scholarship. He also was accepted into the Golden Key and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies in 2006 and 2007. Mr. Flores began his first year of graduate studies in 2008 while pursuing his M.F.A. in directing and post-production at San Francisco State University. In 2009 two of his films, "Jale" and "The Scraper Bike King", were awarded honorable mention at the International San Francisco Latino Film Festival. "The Scraper Bike King" was also accepted into the 2010 Cannes Independent Film Festival and nominated by the WGA for the 2010 Eco-Entertainment Awards.
In 2011, he was honored with San Francisco State University’s Graduate Student Award for Distinguished Achievement and Contribution to the field of Cinema. That same year his docu-drama "23rd & Union" was selected to screen at the Golden Lion Film Festival in Swaziland, Africa and was also awarded the Best Local Filmmaker Award for the 2011 International Black Film Festival in Seattle, Washington. Since then, the CDC and Morehouse School of Medicine published the research Flores conducted for "23rd & Union".
Mr. Flores' company, Green Eyed Media, produces and distributes original music, photography, documentaries and fictional narratives. It was founded in 2007 and has expanded to the Bay Area and Los Angeles. The focus of much of his personal research and cinema centers on issues concerning hybridity, border theory, and the post-modern identities of Hip-Hop culture and the Chicano community.