I'm a kid from the East Coast who risked it all, chasing his dream of making a movie. I spent the last 10 years directing, producing & acting in Los Angeles. I just finished my first feature film. After all the YEARS of work, I finally got Wor...
I'm an artist who grew up in Maryland and chased his dream. I ended up spending the last 10 years in Los Angeles writing, directing, producing, and acting. I've survived through all the cliche experiences that most people who move to LA LA Land go through, then end up usually quitting and returning home within 2 years. I stayed, never gave up and somehow found the right connections to put together my first indie comedic feature film. I went to the American Film Market in Nov 2019 to sell it. It was incredibly intimating. I felt very small and had many moments of doubt. There were over 100 vendors from all around the world. After all the blood, sweat and tears I was able to get only 5 meetings out of a 100 companies. Three of them laughed in my face. One of them was polite but said, "It's not for us." But one company took a closer look at me and said, "We don't usually sell your 'kind of movie' but we're curious and we like you so, we'll watch it and call you if we want it."
Two weeks later I got a phone call and they said, "Yes." After the call, I collapsed into a pile of tears because the truth is, I filmed the movie back in 2016 - using a lot of my own money - but the next three years, during post production, I went through incredible personal struggles - money, family, career and sadly my marriage of 7 years came to a collapse. After the dust settled, I took a breath - Thanked God that I finally got picked up for distribution, at the very tail end of 2019, and my movie officially just came out this week in 68 territories World Wide!
Hello, Reddit. My name is Rich Rotella. When I was a kid, I saw HOME ALONE and knew I wanted to be an actor. Now at 35, my first comedic feature film MARLO LASKER just came out on Amazon Prime & Prime Video. It took just over $25k, 6 insane days of filming, 2.5 years in post production, while simultaneously acting in other films and I gained 15 lbs to play the lead character "Marlo" while directing & producing as well. I almost DIED from pure exhaustion - mentally, physically, emotionally and definitely financially - to get this crazy movie made but I knew in my heart if I just didn't give up and kept the faith... that I eventually would get my comedy out and into the world. When I was starting this movie, my goal was simple... "Life is very hard. Let's make the world laugh again!" Now, I'm here and ready to answer any questions you might have about writing, making, and selling a film in the digital streaming era.
If you're interested in the movie, MARLO LASKER is a lovable nerd, who goes on a series of adventures to defeat Caleb, the school jock, and win the heart of Susie, the girl of his dreams.
For whatever reason... high school, college students and "stoners" seem to REALLY love the movie... and that's awesome. We're honored to make a goofy movie for that crowd and beyond.
And remember, no matter what... never, ever give up. EVER. God Bless.
- Rich -
IG : richrotellaofficial
- please note that I will only respond to positive statements, questions or even constructive criticism is acceptable. I will not respond to anything flat out rude, inappropriate or intentionally hurtful; those comments / questions will be ignored. That being said, please know I'm truly happy to engage people who genuinely want to learn more about MARLO LASKER, entertainment or myself as an actor & filmmaker. Cheers!