Born in America of Czechoslovakian and Yugoslavian parents, Adrian Belic grew up in Chicago, Illinois, but spent many summers behind the “Iron Curtain” in Eastern Europe speaking the languages and living with family and friends. This unique cross-cultural upbringing sparked his curiosity about the way people view each other and the world around them. Listening late into the night to captivating stories from remarkable people both in the States and overseas drew him into the art of storytelling.
He began making films in elementary school with his childhood friend Christopher Nolan (writer and director of Memento, Insomnia and the 2005 Batman) and his brother Roko Belic. During their second year of filmmaking (at the age of 8) Star Wars exploded on the film scene and their once-quaint films grew into 3-minute Super 8 “epics” with ping-pong tables shrouded in cooking flour for planetary stop-action battles, continuing to live-action scenes in the snow-covered backyards of Chicago, all punctuated with fireworks and film frames scratched by hand for “laser” effects. The power of storytelling through motion pictures and sound captivated him.
Belic graduated from the University of Southern California in 1993 with a B.S. degree in Political Science and a minor in International Relations.
While in college and after college, he traveled around the world and across America. He worked with various producers, co-producing, shooting video and film, recording sound and developing stories. He served as the director of an environmental information center in Los Angeles for a year before a childhood fascination with a little-known country in southern Siberia called Tuva resurrected itself.
Belic and his brother, Roko, formed Wadi Rum Productions in 1995 and embarked on their first production, Genghis Blues, winner of the 1999 Sundance Audience Award, as well as many domestic and international film festival awards, and a 2000 Academy Award Nomination for Best Feature Documentary.
Belic is a member of the Film Arts Foundation and the International Documentary Association. He continues to speak and write about filmmaking and following one’s passion. He also teaches and serves on film festival juries.
But most of all, he is working on his films and traveling the world.
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