Director Bethany Rooney

Bethany_RooneyKnowing I will only make my own mistakes as I continue to grow as a filmmaker, I try to absorb as much as I can from anyone willing to share their experiences.

From her website,

In a field where longevity is rare, the long-term success of Bethany Rooney’s career has defied the odds of Hollywood. Rooney has been at the helm for over two hundred episodes of prime time television for over thirty years, including many critically acclaimed series such as Desperate Housewives, Ally McBeal andBrothers & Sisters, and the American long-running classics NCIS and Criminal Minds.

Her reputation as an actor’s director who leads with gentle command has made her part of an elite group of television industry leaders. She serves as the co-chair of the DGA’s Diversity Committee, as well as the Women’s Steering Committee, and shares her knowledge of the craft by teaching the intensive Warner Brothers Directing Workshop. Her book (co-authored with Mary Lou Belli) Directors Tell the Story: Master the Craft of Television and Film Directingis being utilized at multiple studio and network directing programs, and in directing classes on many university campuses. The second edition of the book will be released in June 2016.

I saw this interview and thought I should share it.

After seeing the interview I read a couple of post on her website. This one stood out:

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As well as this one:

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As a freelancer, this gives me comfort. I’m comforted in knowing someone else thinks this way.

Now if I could only surround myself with more people like this…

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The Best Shorts Competition

American Hikikomori recently won an “Award of Merit” in the Best Shorts Competition!

We are honored by this juried award and are absolutely grateful for the opportunity to share our story.

Awesome.

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American Hikikomori DVD’s are here!

Everyone who donated $50 or more to our Indiegogo campaign gets a copy of our short award winning film!

Thank you for supporting us!

We are truly grateful that you believed in us and wanted to help us tell this story.

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American Hikikomori @ the Indie Night Festival

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A big “Thank You!!” to Dave Brown for showcasing our film, American Hikikomori, in the Indie Night Film Festival last Saturday!! We are grateful for the opportunity to tell our story and meet other filmmakers.

Discussing the film
Discussing the film

We also give Dj Q-Nice a gold star for making several attempts in pronouncing the title of our film.

Akiko Shima talks about her experience working on the film.
Akiko Shima talks about her experience working on the film.

From the Indie Night Film Festival website:

INDIE NIGHT aims to elevate the craft of artists while giving them an avenue where they can be
recognized on a bigger platform, network and exchange info with new & established Hollywood
creatives.

To learn more about Dave Brown’s Indie Night Film Festival follow the link.

In the meantime, stay tuned for more updates on future festival screenings and progress on our next film!

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Our first International Award!!

Still from the short film, American Hikikomori
Still from the short film, American Hikikomori

So… I was going through my email and hadn’t realized our film won it’s first international award… in JAKARTA, INDONESIA… at the World Film Awards Film Festival!

American Hikikomori won the Golden World Award in the International Film category. The award winning film is screening Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 1:03pm if you’re in the country! http://ow.ly/Oh8Ta

Also…,

Our film, American Hikikomori, is finally making its Los Angeles debut at the Indie Night Film Festival!!

From the venue…

Indie Night now has a new location. We’ve been at the TCL Chinese Theater for about a year and wanted to have our very own home! ***Please notify your cast, crew, and guests and also note the new time is 3:00p-7:00p***

Downtown Independent Cinema
251 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Saturdays 3:00pm-7:00pm

There is no cover for the event but there is a 2 item minimum at the door. This includes either 1 Non-alcoholic beverage and 1 popcorn for $14 OR 1 Alcoholic beverage and 1 popcorn for $18.

“See you at the movies!”

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American Hikikomori is going to New York!!

Hi everyone,

If you are in Ithaca, NY on Wednesday, April 22nd stop by Ithaca College for the Ithaca Pan Asian Film Festival and check out our film, AMERICAN HIKIKOMORI!

Ithaca Pan Asian American Film Festival

The festival is free and open to the public so check it out and watch some great films!

DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival

Also don’t forget, if you are in the DC/Baltimore area, April 18th stop by the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival and watch our film there!!

We are so excited and grateful to share our film!

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PHOTO: Macha Green Tea with Candy Sweets

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A bowl of Macha Green Tea during our visit to our favorite bamboo temple in Kamakura. Check out our old blog, “Japanese Tea Ceremony: The Way of Tea

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