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John Scott & Karen Rodriguez are filmmakers and educators who produce independent films and videos.         

SCOUTS ARE CANCELLED is John Scott’s first feature length project. He has directed eleven independent film and/or video works that have traveled to festivals and events throughout the US, Canada and South America. His most recent project before Scouts was DEAR PAM which has won five awards and distinctions and was one of eight documentaries from Canada chosen to screen at The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC in a series entitled New Canadian Documentary. DEAR PAM’s awards included “The Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary” at The Denver Underground Film Festival and a “Jury Award” at The New York Film and Video Expo. Scott has also worked in Television as a Field Producer with Street Cents (a consumer and media advocacy show for teenagers produced at The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), Scott shared, (among other awards) a Gemini Award for Best Youth Series. Currently he is an Assistant Professor at The Park School of Communications at Ithaca College.

John D. Scott is president and sole owner of Magpie Productions established officially in 2006.

John D. Scott


Karen Rodriguez


Ms. Rodriguez is a film and video artist living and working in Ithaca, New York.  Ms. Rodriguez completed the Master of Fine Arts program in Film and Video Production at the University of Iowa Department of Communication and also has a degree in Broadcasting and Film from Boston University.  She spent six years working in the film industry as a grip and camera assistant on feature films, music videos and television commercials.  Her films and videos have screened in the United States, Canada and Europe.
  She has taught film production in the School of Visual Arts at Emerson College in Boston and is currently teaching video production in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College.

Karen Rodriguez and John Scott are a husband and wife team who sometimes collaborate also as educators and filmmakers.


Screenings and Awards


Dear Pam 
"Pamela Anderson is not only a world-famous icon of sexuality, she's an icon of Canadianess.  Fan letters to Pam place her right up there along with Expo '67 and the West Edmonton Mall in this tragic-comic parody of Canadian Iconography."
Hot Docs International Documentary Festival      
 Review:  Dear Pam Screenings



Art@Night a 14 minute documentary.  

Dir. John D. Scott

Jamaica Plain Open Studios, Jamaica Plain, MA,   September 2001.


Guerrilla Television: The Next Generation.  51 minute documentary.  Dir. John D. Scott.

  • Distributed by The Media Education Foundation, 2000-2003.  Dozens of copies sold.

Beyond the Frame:  Images from the War in Vietnam, 

26-minute experimental documentary.

Dir. Karen Rodriguez


  • Second Place in the Long Format category at the Sarah Lawrence College X-fest, Bronxville, NY April 2002.


  • MFA Thesis Screening, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, May 2000.
  • Screened at the Johns Hopkins International Film and Video Festival, Balt., MD , April 2001.
  • Screened at Emerson College as part of a course on Ethnographic Film, Boston, MA, Feb. 2001.

Moss Family Dairy, a nine-minute 16mm documentary film.  Dir. Karen Rodriguez.

Athens International Film and Video Festival, Athens Ohio, April 2000.
Hardacre Film Festival, Tipton, Iowa, August 2000.


Almanac, a ten minute documentary film.

Dir. John D. Scott.

  • UNC-TV  a PBS affiliate, as a part of the best of Double Take Documentary Festival, Feb. & Fall 2001.
  • The Black Maria Film and Video Festival, 1999.  (Director’s Choice Award and part of the touring collection that goes to fifty sites across the US, including The Smithsonian.)
  • The Double Take Documentary Film Festival, 1999,  Durham, NC.
  • The Midwest Film and Video Showcase, 1999, Minneapolis, MN, USA. (Opening Night Screening)
  • THAW 98: International Festival of Film, Video and Digital Arts, Iowa City, IA USA.  (Special Jury Award)
  • Athens International Film and Video Festival, 199, Athens, Ohio, USA.
  • Hardacre Film Festival, 1998, Tipton, IA USA. (Honorable Mention)
  • Iowa on Film, 1998, Iowa City, IA USA.  Special screening at the Northside Bookmarket.
  • Copy purchased by the Iowa City Public Library.

Mrs. Rodriguez, a five-minute experimental video.  

Dir. Karen Rodriguez.

  • Media City Festival, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, February 2000.

  • Multiplex Film and Video Festival, Minneapolis, MN, July 2000.
  • LadyFest 2000, Olympia, WA, August 2000 .
  • Madcat Women’s International Film and Video Festival, San Francisco, CA, September 2000.

Mao is/Mao ist, a 16mm Collaborative hand drawn film project designed for the Bureau des Angewandten Realismus Mao Projeckte (The Office of Applied Realism Mao 2000 Project) in Ludwigshafen, Germany, August 1999.  Prod. Karen Rodriguez.


The Moment Passed,  a five-minute 16mm experimental documentary film.  Dir. Karen Rodriguez.  

  • Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI, 1999.
  • Movies on a Shoestring Festival (Honorable Mention ), Rochester, NY, 1999.
  • Sneaking Up on Joy Film Exhibit at Studiolo Gallery in Iowa City, IA, 1998.

Back Seat View,  a six-minute 16mm narrative film.  Dir. Karen Rodriguez.

  • Drake University’s Women’s Film Festival in Des Moines, IA, April 1999.
  • Summer Shorts Program at the Grand Illusion Cinema in Seattle, WA, June 1998.
  • Bureau des Angewandten Realismus Geld Festival (Office of Applied Realism Money Exhibit) in Ludwigshafen, Germany, August 1998.


Amnesia,  a nine minute narrative film. Dir. John D. Scott.

  • The Atlantic Film Festival, 1997, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

two rooms, a four minute experimental video. Dir. John D. Scott.

  • The Athens Film and Video Festival, 1997, Ohio, USA.

fuzzy logic,  5 minute experimental video.

Dir. John D. Scott.

  • The Boston Underground Film Festival, 2001

Super Market, a  three-minute Super-8 film produced for the Bureau des Angewandten Realismus  Essen Festival (The Office of Applied Realism Food Exhibit) in Ludwigshafen,Germany, August 1997. Prod. Karen Rodriguez.

Expatriate, a 49 minute documentary video.  Dir. John D. Scott.

  • The Atlantic Film Festival, 1996, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.


This is Felix, a  three-minute Super-8 experimental documentary, Dir. Karen Rodriguez.

Screened at the Weather Wall Fund Raising Show in Seattle, WA, January 1995.


Passing Through, an eleven minute documentary..

Dir. John D. Scott.

  • The Atlantic Film Festival, 1994, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

  • THAW 96: International Festival of Film, Video and Digital Arts, Iowa City, USA.   “Passing Through” opened that years’ festival.


So Who Lives Here Anyway?, an eighteen minute video documentary. Dir. John D. Scott.

Screened at:

  • The Earth Summit, 1992, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
  • The Atlantic Film Festival, 1992, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • The Atlantic Earth Festival, 1993, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.


Give Me Something Good to Eat,  a four-minute Super-8 black comedy.

Dir. Karen Rodriguez

Screened at The Pinhole Cinema Project’s Women’s Work Program, at 911 Media Arts Center in Seattle, WA, November 1993.



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