We are so excited to announce that award-winning director and producer Alethea Root will be joining us at WhedonCon this May. While best known to Whedon fans as the art director for Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog, Root has amassed credits from all corners of the film industry, including director, producer, production designer, writer, and even actress. Watch the video below to see Alethea's interview about what exactly an art director does and what it's like to work with Joss Whedon.
From her personal page:
Her first feature film, “Part Time Fabulous,” won eight festival awards, including two “Audience Choice Awards,” the “Film 4 Change Award” as well as the “Exploring Humanity Award” for her directing. Her first music video “Lonely” won her three film festival awards for “Best Music Video.” She also produced a promo for AMFM Fest called, “A Love Story” which won an Emmy for “Best Short Form.”
Root first realized her passion for film and TV in high school when she directed the comedy “13 Past Midnight” to great success. Despite being busy falling in love with directing, she still managed to mount the first ever production at her school to make a profit. From there she was hooked! Root went on to student direct the spring musicals both junior and senior years. After high school, Root worked as a director for local productions, including her first paying job as the director of an improv group that toured to local schools and colleges.
In addition to her film credits, Root's theatrical directing credits include “Suburbia” for Barrington Stage Company, “Extremities” for Rail Road Street Youth Project, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” for Lennox Middle School, and an original play, “Seneca’s Children” at Bennington College, which was awarded the top honor of being one of only two plays that semester to be fully produced by the college.
After moving to Los Angeles, Root began her foray into film as a production designer. She is best known for her work on the Academy Award-winning short film “West Bank Story” and of course Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Root's work as a Production Designer spans several feature films as well as countless music videos and commercials.
These days, Root serves on Women In Film’s Executive Committee, helping to oversee the PSA program. She has several features in development and, in her own words, is committed to telling "paradigm-shifting stories that help elevate the human condition by increasing awareness regarding our differences."