Gabe Rodriguez is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and most recently, lyricist. After graduating from Syracuse University's acclaimed film school Newhouse in 2006, he has worked on The Apprentice, Make Me a Supermodel, and Bill Moyers' Journal, and been published in Hispanic Business, The World and I, and MovieMaker magazine. His short film Susie in the Afterlife won the Spirit Award at The Queens World Film Festival in 2011, where he was also noted as an "emerging filmmaker." His most prominent work is the feature film Fighting Nirvana. Gabe also made a web-based documentary called The Joy That Got Away, about the making of the cult classic Return to Oz (1985).