|Adrian Belic was born in America of Czechoslovakian
and Yugoslavian parents, Adrian grew up in Chicago, Illinois,
USA, 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 / director Memento, (2001),
Insomnia (2002), Batman (2005)) 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
Adrian graduated from University of Southern California in
1993 with a BS degree in Political Science and a minor in
While in college and after college Adrian traveled around
the world and across America. He worked with various producers
-- co-producing, shooting video and film, recording sound,
and story development. 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.
Adrian and his brother, Roko, formed Wadi
Rum Productions in 1995 and embarked on their first production,
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.
Adrian recently completed his latest project BEYOND THE CALL;
a feature documentary shot in the Afghanistan and Asia about
three Americans who travel to the world’s war zones
delivering lifesaving humanitarian aid (www.wadirum.com)
They are a cross between Mother Teresa and Indiana Jones.
Adrian is a member of the Film Arts Foundation and the International
He continues to speak and write about filmmaking and following
ones passion, as well as teaching
and serving on film festivals juries.
But most of all, he is working on his films and traveling