(from IMDB) 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.
Mr. Rosette's first movie, 'The Hitman', was co-produced at age 12 with friends in various Ohio backyards in 1980. Some years later, he attended the undergraduate Film and TV Program at New York University as a Trustee Scholar.
Films made at NYU included such local East Village classics as: 'Be Nice', 'I, Janus', 'Chuck', and 'Salt'.
Mr. Rosette wrote and directed his first fully independent film, the Noirish psychological drama 'Charlie's Box', in 1994.
He is also an actor, musician, and voiceover talent, and has acted in off-off Broadway in New York City and on numerous independent films. He is often cast as an ambivalent 'seeker' character or as an agent or underworld figure.
A Fulbright Hayes grant recipient for the years 2008-2010, Mr. Rosette gained his Masters of Arts degree in development studies from the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2010.
Future projects include the Vietnam-War era feature drama, 'Freedom Deal' (in active development to shoot in Cambodia and Thailand), and the feature length US comedy, 'Final Countdown'.
He continues to live and work primarily in Asia as of this writing, with working visits to the US.