While attending his last semester at the USC School of Cinema and Television, Munoz directed his first film “RIOT” for Showtime (Winner of the Audience Award at Geneva Film Festival}, which investigated the civil unrest following the Rodney King verdict. The film premiered at the First AME Church in South Central Los Angeles and the screening was dramatically disrupted by a group of young black community activists who demanded that the entertainment industry do more to engage, train, and employ young people from disadvantaged communities. Munoz responded by forming FYI FILMS (Films by Youth Inside) which empowers incarcerated youth via personal story-telling and digital filmmaking. His work with this population clearly informs his work. He is committed to revalorizing marginalized perspective. Munoz went on to direct the award-winning “DILEMMA” which was funded by BHERC and Sandra Evers Manly. The film focuses on an unlikely friendship between a latino and black youth while serving time at a youth correctional facility. “Lil Scrappy Boy” — a short documentary focusing on one of his FYI FILMS students and his decision to quit his gang in South Long Beach — won Best Short Documentary at the Urban World Film Festival. Another web series based on two latino youths he encountered during a FYI FILMS workshop “AYE FOO” is a cross between “Cheech and Chong” and “Beevis and Butthead”, and focuses on two sixteen year- old latino youths from Easlos. It won Best Comedy Webisode Series at UMFF in 2013. Munoz is also shooting a documentary titled “A DREAM DEFERRED”, which is organized around Derrick Rose and his brother / manager Reg. He created a 15-minute short documentary based on the first three days of filming and won BEST SPORTS DOC at Urban Media Makers Film Festival. His current series, “Griot’s Lament” investigates social and racial injustice and uses Michael Jackson song lyrics as dialogue. The series is co-funded and produced by Sandra Evers Manly. Griot’s Lament won the Audience Award for Best Web Series at UMFF in October 2014 and is nominated in the category of BEST DIRECTION at the upcoming TIVO Creative TV Awards. The web series has over 6 million views across multiple platforms. Munoz is currently doing a final polish on his next feature length film “Make the Moon”, which was developed at the Sundance Writer’s Lab. The narrative is semi-auto biographical and centers around a pair of multi-racial identical twins and their complex relationship with their mother who struggles to overcome the harsh socio-economic pressures seemingly closing in on her and her twin sons. Munoz is a Sundance Fellow, Rockefeller Nominee and US Artist Nominee.
Munoz is the founder of FYI FILMS and a founding partner of Urban Velour Entertainment.