Bio of Natalie Rodriguez
Writer. Director. Author. Producer. Mental Health Advocate.
NATALIE RODRIGUEZ is an award-winning writer, director, and a mental health and anti-violence/trauma advocate based in Los Angeles, CA. In 2014, she graduated from CSU Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts in Radio-TV-Film. Her first experience in entertainment was an internship at the Conan O'Brien show and Peter Guber's Mandalay Pictures, where she worked at the offices of producers, Matthew Rhodes ("Men in Black: International," "Mile 22") and Academy Award-winner, Cathy Schulman ("Sharp Objects," "Crash").
Recently, she wrote, directed, and produced her first No-Budget feature film, "The Extraordinary Ordinary." The film follows three young adults with a history of mental health issues as they cope with triggers and old wounds resurfacing. The film stars John Posey ("How to Get Away with Murder" and "Lucifer"), Maddison Bullock ("Stasis"), Alex Montalban ("My Dinner with Herve"), and Ana Marte ("Amigos," co-starring alongside, LeLe Pons). Further details on the project can be found @theextraordfilm, including upcoming film festival screeners.
Natalie was also a panelist at events, including Google, Hispanicize, and YouTube, where she has shared her story as a writer, filmmaker, and a female working in the entertainment industry.
Some of Natalie's previous writing work can be found in publications such as the HuffPost Blog, Thrive Global, Anxiety Resource Center, Opposing Views, NowThis News, Zooey Deschanel's Hello Giggles, The Mighty, and many more.
Her screenplays and films have been featured and placed in the final rounds at Hispanicize, HollyShorts Film Festival, NALIP: Latino Lens Film Festival, ShortsTV, 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, YouTube, and others.
In 2017, Natalie founded her production company, Extraordinary Pictures LLC., focusing on feature films, digital, and television. Currently, she has multiple projects in development, including a TV sitcom, "The D," which placed in top-ten for best comedy screenplays at Stage 32. Her Young Adult manuscript, "Elephant," was also a finalist at Clare Books' the Binge-Watching Cure II contest for 'Best Novel and is set for publication in spring 2020 with Eliezer Tristan Publishing, Inc.
Natalie continues to build her creative background and is always open to collaborating with other artists and advocates. She was most recently an ambassador for Jen Zeano Designs (JZD), a clothing company in association with USA Networks.
For details on previous and upcoming projects, be sure to check out @natchristinerod.