Author Archives: As Directed By Becky

About As Directed By Becky

Becky Mezzanotte (or Becky Mezz as she is often called) has been described as a paper crane amidst a world of boxes. Or rather she cannot be defined in any sort of neatly packaged way. Becky is a beauty pageant contestant turned ballerina turned musician turned actor turned filmmaker/photographer turned graduate of American University from the International Media program. A Baltimore native, she has lived in Prague, the Czech Republic, Cairo, Egypt and of course Washington, DC. In her free time, Becky can be found writing television/movie scripts (which she hopes to someday have produced), reading books, obsessing over British TV shows, working on various Shakespeare shows, making fake blood, or possibly re-enacting the American Civil War.

Egypt’s State-Sponsored Xenophobia

by Becky Mezzanotte If the Egyptian government was trying to create an image nightmare for itself, it is well on its way to doing a really wonderful job of it. Starting last week, I started to notice my friends who … Continue reading

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Netflix Expands to Latin America and Beyond

by Becky Mezzanotte Netflix is expanding. What started off as a simple concept in the U.S. is now becoming international. And who can blame them? The market for accessing movies and television series instantly isn’t just an American demand. It’s … Continue reading

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Saving Undershaw: Holmes Fans Unite

by Becky Mezzanotte What do you get when you cross a historical building in need of saving and a worldwide group of fans about a particular Victorian novel? If you guessed a book of fan-written stories about Sherlock Holmes with … Continue reading

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Twitter to the Rescue in South Africa

by Becky Mezzanotte This isn’t the first time I’ve heard of Twitter saving someone’s life, but I must say even so it still makes me go “Wow!” (For a very different example, please see “Hunger Striker Khader Adnan, Saved by … Continue reading

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Television Retrospective: Stuart: A Life Backwards

by Becky Mezzanotte Stuart: A Life Backwards, a made-for-television film co-produced by the BBC and HBO from 2007, tells the true story of Alexander Masters, a volunteer at a homeless shelter, his friendship with Stuart Shorter, a homeless man who … Continue reading

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