Writer-Director Jason Rosette works in a wide range of genres and media, alternating between features, documentaries, and commissioned entertainment and edutainment.
His first documentary feature, ‘BookWars‘ (“Terrific” – LA Times), was released in the year 2000 to wide critical acclaim. The film won the Best Documentary award at its first festival (the New York Underground Film Festival) and was nominated for an IFP Gotham award.
His debut dramatic feature as writer director, the road movie ‘Lost in New Mexico: the strange tale of Susan Hero‘, 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”, while DVD Verdict commented that the film is “imbued with a clear sense of cinematic vision”.
While in SE Asia, he directed numerous shorts and documentaries including: ‘Vuth Learns to Rock‘, Cambodia’s first homegrown rock and roll documentary which premiered at the 2009 Florida Film Festival; ‘Crisis’, a documentary about land grabbing in indigenous areas of Cambodia; ‘Have Forest Have Life’, which highlights critical biodiversity issues in the remote and Cardamom mountains region;
Going further back, his first movie, ‘The Hitman’, was co-produced with friends in various Ohio backyards in 1980. Some years later, he attended the undergraduate Film and TV Program at New York University. Films made at NYU included such local classics as: ‘Be Nice’, ‘I, Janus’, ‘Chuck’, and ‘Salt’, He wrote and directed his first fully independent film, the psychological drama “Charlie’s Box“, in 1994 at age 21.
Mr. Rosette is also an actor (member of Screen Actor’s Guild) and accomplished voiceover talent, and has acted in off-off Broadway in New York City and on numerous independent films.
A former member of the 13th street repertory company in New York City, he played the lead role of ‘Stephen’ in Israel Horowitz’s play, LINE, for six months; (LINE is now the longest continuously running play in New York City history!)
A Fulbright Hayes grant recipient for the years 2008-2010, Mr. Rosette studied at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (Film & TV), gaining a BFA as a Trustee Scholar. He has a Masters of Arts in development studies from the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Mr. Rosette is a lifetime exhibiting artist (as filmmaker) member of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Future projects include the VN-War era feature drama, ‘Freedom Deal‘, in active development to shoot in Cambodia and Thailand (active development, est. 2013) release, and the feature length dark comedy, ‘Final Countdown’ (completed script)
He continues to live and work in Asia as of this writing, with working visits to the US as needed.
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