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Award-Winning Director, Screenwriter, and Author
Mental Health and Trauma Recovery Advocate


About Natalie Rodriguez

NATALIE RODRIGUEZ is an award-winning, Los Angeles based director, screenwriter, author, and mental health and anti-violence/trauma advocate. In 2014, she graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts in Radio-Television-Film. Her first experiences in entertainment were an internship at the Conan O'Brien show and a position at Peter Guber's Mandalay Pictures, where she worked in the offices of producers, Matthew Rhodes ("Cherry," "Men in Black: International") and Academy Award-winner, Cathy Schulman ("Sharp Objects," "Crash").


Natalie has been a panelist at events hosted by organizations such as Google, Hispanicize, L.A. Comic Con, Ontario Revolution Con, and YouTube, where she has shared her story as a female writer and filmmaker working in the entertainment industry. She has written for publications including the HuffPost Blog, Thrive Global, Anxiety Resource Center, NowThis News, Hello Giggles, and The Mighty.


In 2017, she founded Extraordinary Pictures, a production company focusing on films, television, digital series, and social issue projects ranging from diversity to mental health, and recovery. The company has produced short films, and feature films of different genres, including comedies and dramas. Natalie's first directorial feature films, “The Extraordinary Ordinary” and "Howard Original,” which started as short films, screened at various film festivals. Both projects are now streaming on multiple streaming platforms, including Amazon Prime, Roku, and Tubi. “The Extraordinary Ordinary” is also available to subscribers of the products for public libraries (Access Video on Demand) and colleges & universities (Films On Demand). Ask your library for details.

  • “The Extraordinary Ordinary” is an independent drama about a college freshman who moves across the country to cope with her mental health, as well as a traumatic incident from high school while befriending a classmate and a co-worker who have a history of their own. The film won 'Best Film About Women's Empowerment' at the Glendale International Film Festival and scored nominations in the Best Director, Best Female Director, and Best Picture categories. The film also had a sold-out world premiere screening at the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival (LADFF) and won 'Best Performance' by a leading actor.

  • “Howard Original" is a comedy-drama satire about the entertainment industry, where a washed-up screenwriter encounters multiple life crises when his pet cat comes to life. The film took home the ‘Best Screenplay Adapted from Another Medium Form’ at the Culver City Film Festival.


Natalie's other screenplays and films have been featured and placed in the final rounds at HollyShorts Film Festival, NALIP: Latino Lens Film Festival, Shorts TV, Stage 32: Comedy Screenplay, Beverly Hills Film Festival, Culver City Film Festival, Indie Night Film Festival, Hollywood Screenplay Contest, Table Read My Screenplay - Austin Film Festival, and others.


Her first young adult thriller book series, "Elephant," was published during the pandemic. The series is about four childhood best friends who uncover multiple family secrets. The books were also a finalist at Clare Books' the Binge-Watching Cure II contest for 'Best Novel.' In addition, she also adapted her directorial feature film, "The Extraordinary Ordinary," into a New Adult novel which is available in eBook and paperback.


Her latest project, "Young Dario," a twelve-episode television / web-series show is making its way through the film festival circuit. The show is narrated by Netflix's On My Block, Julio Macias. So far, the project won some awards, including Best Actor, Best Pilot / TV Show, and Best Female Filmmaker. Natalie is also in early pre-production on her third directorial feature film, "Inner Child," a horror thriller that she also wrote and will produce.


While Natalie continues to build her creative background, she is always open to collaborating with other artists and advocates. In-between projects, Natalie spends most of her time reading, listening to podcasts, especially true crime, and watching horror films. She is also stomping on the grounds of the latest comic and horror cons.


For details on previous and upcoming projects, be sure to check out her social media pages by visiting


2010 - 2014

Bachelor of Arts

California State University, Fullerton

Received a Bachelor of Arts in Radio-Television-Film, a sub-department of Communications. 


In 2012, placed fourth place at the California Media Arts Film Festival  for Best Short Screenplay - "Wilson"

In 2011,  placed third place at the California Media Arts Film Festival  for Best Short Screenplay - "Code Red"

2006 - 2010


Diamond Bar High

Received a California Legislature award from Assemblyman Curt Hagman of the sixtieth district for Young Adult novel, "Elephant"

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Upcoming virtual and in-person events:


Seed & Spark Launch *Inner Child (feature film)*

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  • Further details coming soon


LosCon 49, Enchanted LosCon *Matty Cat (short film)*

  • Screener and panel!

  • The weekend of November 24, 2023! 

  • Further details coming soon

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L.A. Comic Con *Matty Cat (short film)*

  • Screener and panel!

  • The weekend of December 1, 2023! 

  • Further details coming soon! 

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