Rodrigo Bellott is a driving force behind Bolivia's film industry. After working with Steven Soderbergh as a casting director, his directorial debut, 2003's Sexual Dependency, was the first Bolivian film to be nominated for a Best Foreign Language Academy Award. Bellott is now revolutionizing theater. His 2015 play, Tu Me Manques, about the suicide of his closeted lover, includes a live hourlong Skype conversation, projected on multiple screens, and live Facebook messaging. He was told by Broadway producers that it couldn't be done; the possibility of losing Wi-Fi connection made it too risky. So he produced it in Bolivia, a country with what he calls "the worst WiFi in the world." The sensational result (the biggest box office in a decade) encouraged hundreds of young Bolivians to come out, in a country not known for its LGBTQ rights. Now, Tu Me Manques is not only moving to Broadway in early 2019, it is a film, debuting at numerous film festivals this summer and fall.
Bellott is currently producing a play, a murder mystery, that will use a cell phone app as narrator.