Author Archives: Directed By Bex

About Directed By Bex

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 obsessing over Korean and British TV shows, learning new jumps on the ice, or potentially yelling at a hockey game (her newest obsession).

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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