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.” His other cinematography credits include Academy Award-nominated director Sebastian Junger’s film “The Last Patrol” (HBO); “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; “Remembering the Artist, Robert De Niro” that premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO; “Prison Dogs,” directed by Geeta Gandbhir and Perri Peltz and premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
Rudy directed his first feature documentary in 2018, “The Sentence” – a documentary about mandatory minimums and sentencing reform that he shot over the course of a decade. The Washington Post said of the film, “‘The Sentence’ is poised to do for unjust sentencing what ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ did for climate change.”
The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best US Documentary. “The Sentence” was picked up for distribution by HBO and won the 2019 Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking.
Rudy is currently in production on a Showtime documentary series described as “Friday Night Lights” in an outer borough, about an underdog football league in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Brownsville (largely considered the deadliest neighborhood in New York).