About Raafi Rivero

Jack of Many Trades, Ace of Some.

1st person: My work is about putting things into culture that bring people together in joy and warmth.

If it involves making decisions about the way something looks or communicates then that is what I do.

Some job titles I've held over 20+ years of professional creative work:

  • Director
  • Editor
  • Creative Director
  • Photographer
  • Writer
  • Artist
  • Producer
  • elsewhere:
  • The Color Machine
  • Unarmed
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • visual links
  • NBA Box Scores
  • Contact me
painted in florida
Raafi Rivero on the set of Legacy Lives On

3rd person: Raafi Rivero has directed two feature films and numerous shorts, in addition to work in design. His directing credits include a suite of promos for HBO, content for Microsoft, Sony, and the Rockefeller Foundation. In 2019 Raafi directed Legacy Lives On, an hour-long documentary for Prudential. His short film Their Eyes Were Watching Gummy Bears played more than 20 film festivals, winning honors in multiple cities. Raafi’s music videos have millions of views, including works for Styles P and Ghostface Killah.

72 Hours: a Brooklyn Love Story?, Raafi’s first feature film, premiered at the LA Film Festival and is currently streaming on Amazon.

Unarmed, a series of sports jerseys dedicated to victims of police violence, has been covered by several TV outlets and was featured in the YouTube special Black Renaissance. Unarmed has been supported by the Kokrobitey Institute, Leon Gallery, and the Foundation for the Contemporary Arts. Articles about Unarmed have appeared in Design Observer, Yahoo! Sports, and the New York Times.

Raafi holds an MFA in Film from Howard University and a BA in Art/Semiotics from Brown. He once spent a semester teaching storytelling to architects at Columbia University.


meditation: painted in florida


for Trayvon & Sandra & Tamir & Eric & Amadou & Emmett & & &

action: unarmed.co

Raafi Rivero, OnAir Fest 2017

Selected Appearances, Lectures, Panels, Podcasts, etc.

No Film School – 2022, Academy Museum – 2021, Leon Gallery – 2021, Voices of Esalen – 2020, Stretch and Bobbito – 2020, Columbia University – 2019, Milwaukee Film Festival – 2019, Howard University – 2018, NBA Desktop – 2018, Parsons – 2017, OnAir Fest – 2017, Milwaukee Film Festival – 2016, WxW Stories – 2016, Handfull of Wheel – 2016

sky with Leica

Ideas a-go-go.

© 2006 – 2024 Raafi Rivero.