Director Roko Belic is co-founder of Wadi Rum Productions in Los Angeles and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary for his first feature film with Wadi Rum, the acclaimed Genghis Blues.
Roko Belic started making films in third grade with his brother, Adrian Belic, and a friend of theirs, Christopher Nolan, who borrowed a super-8 movie camera from his parents and started experimenting with the surreality of film. Heavily influenced by Star Wars, the young team experimented with special effects. Later, because his mother used a wrench to lock their TV to the local PBS channel, Roko became enchanted with programs through which he could explore the world. His first movie, Genghis Blues (1999), was made on a shoestring budget (using home video cameras), and was nominated for an Academy Award.
Belic recently directed the 44-minute documentary “Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious,” which was released on the “Inception” Blu-Ray.
For his current project, Belic teamed up with Hollywood heavyweight Tom Shadyac (“Liar Liar,” “Bruce Almighty”), who executive produced, to direct the feature documentary HAPPY. HAPPY combines powerful human stories from around the world with cutting edge science to give us a deeper understanding of our most valued emotion.
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