Natalie Rodriguez
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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 Cal State 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, 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, NowThis News, Hello Giggles, and The Mighty.

In 2017, she founded Extraordinary Pictures, a production company focusing on films, TV, digital series, and social issue projects ranging from diversity, mental health, and recovery. The company has produced short films and feature films of different genres. 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, and more. For details on previous and upcoming projects, be sure to check out her social media pages by visiting

  • Directing Reel

    Howard Original (feature): A washed-up screenwriter encounters with more than just selling a story, a studio rejection, and writer's block when his pet cat comes to life. (Based on the 2017 short film, Howard Original).
    (Now streaming on Amazon Prime, Tubi, Google Play, Roku, YouTube Movies & more)
    **Roles: Director, Co-Writer, Executive Producer, Producer**
    -Official Selection at Culver City Film Festival (Winner of Best Screenplay from Another Medium Form)
    -Official Selection at Silicon Beach Film Festival

    The Extraordinary Ordinary (feature): Three young adults with a history of mental health issues learn how to cope with triggers when old wounds resurface. After being attacked in high school, a college student named ERICA moves to California to pursue her passion in polaroid photography, in hopes to recover from her trauma by finishing a project. She learns how to cope with her own trauma and wellness after befriending ALEX & BIANCA, who have a history of their own.
    (Now streaming on Amazon Prime, Tubi, Google Play, Roku, YouTube Movies & more)
    **Roles: Director, Writer, Executive Producer, Producer**
    -Official Selection at the Awareness Film Festival (AFF)
    -Official Selection at Glendale International Film Festival (GIFF)
    -Official Selection at the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival (LADFF)
    -Winner of 'Best Film About Women's Empowerment' at GIFF
    -Winner of 'Best Performance (Maddison Bullock)' at the LADFF,
    -Best Director Nominee at GIFF
    -Best Female Director Nominee at GIFF
    -Best Feature Nominee at GIFF

    The Demotion (short): A twenty-something year old reckons if he should reach out to a now former mentor.
    **Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Story Idea By**

    The Extraordinary Ordinary: Erica & Alex (short): A photographer and a musician confide in each other when one of them has a panic attack.
    **Director, Writer, Editor, Producer**
    -Official Selection at HollyShorts Film Festival
    -Semi-Finalist at the NALIP: Latino Lens

    The C-quel (short): The saga continues with Omari and Calvin who awaken after a hard night of partying and dealing with the aftermath of heartbreak and loss. Sequel to "The D" (2017).
    **Roles: Director, Writer, Producer**

    The D (short): A twenty-something-year-old cannot enjoy a kickback that his friends force him to have because his ex-girlfriend starts blasting "revenge" posts on social media.
    **Roles: Director, Writer, Producer, Editor**
    -Official Selection at Indie Nights Official Selection
    -Best Shorts Competition, 3rd place, Awards of Excellence, Short Film
    -IndieFEST Film Awards, Nominated, Award of Recognition, Women Filmmakers
    -Best Actress Nominee (Brittney Grabill) at Cinema Blend

    I, Alone in Me (short): A man's journey through the abyss of dreams, filled with anxiety, loss, grief, anger, and hope.
    **Director, Cinematographer, Editor*

    Howard Original (short): A writer encounters with more than just selling a story and writer's block when his pet cat comes to life.
    **Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor*
    -Official Selection at Culver City Film Festival
    -Semi-Finalist at Oregon Comedy Film Festival
    -Winner of ‘Best Short’ at Culver City Film Festival

    The Extraordinary Ordinary: Bianca & Erica (short): Three college students bond over life and discuss the stigmas that come with mental health disorders and recovery.
    **Director, Writer, Editor, Executive Producer**

    Wilson (short): Two sisters confront an unresolved family matter after the death of a loved one.
    **Director, Writer, Editor, Executive Producer**

    Apricots (short): The bond between two sisters is put to the test when one of them must say goodbye to the other.
    **Director, Writer, Executive Producer, Producer**
    -Official Selection at Fan Boy Film Festival

    Code Red (short): A young girl gets her period for the first time and must confront a family tragedy.
    (Song courtesy: "Good Times, Bad Times" by Led Zeppelin)
    **Director, Writer, Editor, Executive Producer, Producer**
    -Official Selection at Fan Boy Film Festival
    -Beverly Hills Film Festival, Nominated, Best Screenplay - Best Screenplay
    -Hollywood Screenplay Contest, Won, Gold Prize - Short Screenplay

    The Scars of Our Lives (short): Two strangers encounter at a bus stop and realize that they share a similar past when one of them sees a scar on the other's wrist.
    **Director, Writer, Executive Producer, Producer**
    -Official Selection at Fan Boy Film Festival