Writer/Director Jason Rosette works in a wide range of genres and media, alternating between features, documentaries, and commissioned entertainment and edutainment.
His first feature, 'BookWars' ("Terrific" - LA Times), was released in the year 2000 to wide critical acclaim, despite its guerilla-filmmaking origins. The film won the Best Documentary award at its very first festival screening (the New York Underground Film Festival), was nominated for an IFP Gotham award, and was broadcast internationally on Arte/ZDF, NHK, SVT, PBS, Bravo, and other channels.
His debut dramatic feature as writer/director, the road movie 'Lost in New Mexico', was heralded by the Moving Arts Journal as "a unique and interesting take on the fluidity of technology versus the recurring commonality of the human condition", adding that 'It would be interesting to see Rosette's obvious abilities supported by a professional cast and crew and studio-grade equipment'.
Shot in 2004 in New Mexico before that state's incentives program kicked in (as the only feature shooting in New Mexico at the time), 'Lost in New Mexico' helped pave the way for a viable independent filmmaking scene to come to New Mexico. Six years later, MovieMaker magazine placed Albuquerque at the top of its list of '10 Best Cities To Live, Work & Make Movies in 2010'.
Mr. Rosette has lived and worked in Asia since 2004, and has produced a number of original and commissioned films and media in the region. He is the founder of two regional film festivals there: CamboFest, Film and Video Festival of Cambodia, and the Bangkok IndieFest in Thailand.
While in SE Asia, Mr. Rosette, known also by his Asian aka 'Jack Ro', has directed numerous shorts and documentaries while developing several long form projects. He also works as a cinematographer, editor, script doctor, location manager, and coordinator for international productions visiting the region.
Freedom Deal: The Story of Lucky
Film (Short, Drama, History and War) Director As part of the escalating Vietnam War, a combined US & Army of South Vietnam military operation enters Cambodia to locate and destroy North Vietnamese and Viet Cong sanctuaries. A Cambodian youth named Lucky and an ornery but likable older wedding musician named Nuon make their way through the conflict, encountering landmines, ghosts, and marauding helicopters along the way. Written by Anonymous
Film (Short and Fantasy) Director An impressionistic, time lapse driven view of traffic in Bangkok, Thailand, SE Asia.
Film (Short) Director The crab selling ladies of coastal Cambodia.
Mysterious Workers Atop Bokor Mountain
Video (Documentary, Short, Mystery and Sci-Fi) Director The old French colonial hill station atop Bokor mountain in Cambodia is currently being renovated into a modern mega-resort and casino. All that remains of the old hill station are a few dilapidated structures...and a curious UFO-shaped tower. An army of mysterious workers silently construct the new project: but is there something they know that we don't? Written by Anonymous
I'm Sorry I Forgot
Film (Short and Comedy) Director An unexpected encounter with an orangutan at a Cambodian zoo.
Film (Documentary, Short and Music) Miscellaneous Crew Arsenic-laced water has poisoned a 15 year old boy from a small, rural village in Cambodia.
Vuth Learns to Rock
Film (Short and Music) Director A young Cambodian named Vuth learns about Rock and Roll for the first time. Under the tutelage of Taiwanese rock maestro Jun "Rocker" of Phnom Penh's Zeppelin Rock Cafe, Vuth hears the Kinks, the Ramones, AC DC and others - blowing his mind and changing his understanding of music forever. Written by Jason Rosette
Film (Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Director Accompanied by her illegal immigrant companion, a woman desperate to clone her deceased child steals cash and heads across country in search of a maverick animal cloning expert who says he can help her.
Video (Short, Comedy and Fantasy) Director A mysterious blackout in Hollywood suddenly interrupts the biggest phone call of a lifetime, forcing... See full synopsis »
A Day at the Races
Video (Documentary and Short) Director A colorful, impressionistic documentary about the annual boat races on the Tonle Bassac river in Phnom Penh.
Have Forest, Have Life
Video (Documentary and News) Director A journey through the mysterious and uncharted wilderness of the remote and wild Cardamom forest region of Cambodia.
Video (Short) Director A frenetic documentary of a morning commute through the chaotic streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia--from the motorcycle's point of view.
Television (Documentary and Short) Director An investigative documentary about landgrabbing in indigenous areas of rural Cambodia.
Film (Documentary, Comedy and Crime) Director The gritty world of New York City street booksellers is exposed in a remarkable story that chronicles their lives and loves and their unique perspectives on life. Directed by a street bookseller, it explores the other side of the book tables along the streets of the Village, on the Lower East Side, along 6th avenue, and elsewhere in New York City. See the Mayor, the University and the NYPD try to shut them down! Written by Barney Oldfield, Angelika Entertainment NYC
Playing Mona Lisa
Film (Comedy) Actor Claire Goldstein is a gifted pianist, but the same week that none of her friends pass a major competition, including her boyfriend Jeremy, he dumps her. An earthquake in San Francisco damages her apartment, so she must cross town to live with her parents. Her sister is about to get married; her mom is into the occult; her dad is withdrawing and losing his job. Claire obsesses about Jeremy, despite her girlfriends' advising her how to interest other men ("look mysterious, like Mona Lisa") and taking her to parties. Her sweet teacher, Bennett, gets her auditions, but she blows them off. Then, she meets Eddie. Is he the key to her rejoining the human race? Written by <email@example.com>
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Film (Short, Drama and Thriller) Director Nancy has just moved into an old Brooklyn apartment, her things scattered across the floor. Unbeknownst to her, amongst her belongings is a package belonging to someone named 'Charlie'. A stranger named Frank appears to collect the box on Charlie's behalf and the history of the apartment, and the mysterious former tenant is revealed. Written by Jason Rosette
The Desperate Trail
Video (Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller and 1 More) Miscellaneous Crew After years of suffering under her beating husband, Sarah decides to no longer take any humiliation or battery - and kills him. For that, Marshal Speakes - her father in law - sentences her to the Gallows. During a failed hold-up on the coach she escapes - but Jack Cooper manages to snatch away the transported $2500 from her, which she would have needed to start a new life. So she follows him to get it back. Soon they have to team up against the Marshal, who wants her dead so badly, he doesn't mind breaking the law himself... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
52nd St. Serenade
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Film (Action and Drama) Transportation department Ray Trueblood, member of a street gang, is framed by an enemy of a rival gang, Billy "Spider" Masters. Ray is accused of killing a cop and he has to escape leaving behind his little brother, Donny. Ten years later Ray returns to his neighborhood to take his brother with him, but things are worse than he could expect: his brother, now 18 years old, hates him and is a member of Billy Masters' gang. Furthermore, Billy Masters is looking for revenge and... the police are still after Ray for the murder of the police officer. Written by Anonymous
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