#271 -“Happy,” The Movie, with Roko Belic


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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One Comment

  1. Claire Kellerman
    Posted November 7, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    Wow! I just watched “Genghis Blues.” I feel so fortunate to have had this opportunity to witness and love the inspiring, amazing Soul, the incredible man, musician, Shaman, Friend of Tuvans and brilliant Being of Paul Pena. I’m sad that half-way through the movie I had such a strong desire to makes music with him that I stopped to find out where is is – naturally, sad for me, happily for him – Heaven.

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