Rod Pits

Rod Pitts

1974 - 2012

Director of Photography, Associate Producer

Rod Pitts first caught the filmmaking bug in 1989 when he got his hands on a friend’s video camera and proceeded to craft his first epic: “Revenge of the Bloodthirsty Pimp”. A very heavy subject matter for a 15 year-old but it definitely displayed an ambition that would follow him for years to come. His formal film education began his sophomore year of the University of Memphis when he took his first film production and photography class. His student project “Rock and a Hard Place” was well received and went on to screen at the Indie Memphis Film Festival as well as other regional festivals. He began working on the cable access show “Collective Neurosis” and this garnered him and his films a great deal of attention and introduced him to a wider audience. Through the show, he met filmmaker Ben Smith who hired him as the director of photography and associate producer of his feature The Right Questions (2003) which premiered at the Hollywood Black Film Festival.

His love for filmmaking flourished and he acquired a resume of several films including “The Survivor” (2005) and “Imagine” (2006) which was the winner of the audience choice award at the Lil’ Memphis Film Festival. He was also the co-producer and director of photography of Just the Two of Us (2005) which was the winner of the Grand Prize Award at the American Artist Film Festival and the Hometowner Best Feature Award at the Indie Memphis Film Festival. What Goes Around… (2006) marks his feature film directorial debut. And with this film he walked away with the prestigious AVID Promising Filmmaker Award at the 2006 Indie Memphis Film Festival. Rod's dream and passion for filmmaking was cut short March 16, 2012 after a long battle with guillain-barré syndrome. However, through the numerous people he inspired to tell quality stories by any means necessary, his vision lives on.