Haroula Rose (full name: Haroula Rose Spyropoulos) is a writer, director, producer and musician based in Los Angeles and Chicago. She went to the University of Chicago for her BA and MA, and attended USC's School of Cinematic Arts for her MFA. Rose was also a Fulbright Scholar in Madrid, where she was a writer and educator, and has guest lectured at Cal Poly Pomona, Northwestern, University of Chicago, and Sundance’s Film Forward program. She has created original content for Time Warner, was part of Tribeca's All Access, Warner Brothers Director Workshop and selected to be part of Nantucket Screenwriters Colony. She is currently in pre-production on her first feature film, and has released original music since 2009.
"Musician and filmmaker Haroula Rose, on her sophomore album, Here the Blue River, creates a balanced mix of compelling storytelling and memorable melodies."
Of her debut LP These Open Roads, NO DEPRESSION said, “Haroula Rose sings with the spirit of a gypsy soul,” and LA WEEKLY claimed that the lonely ballad Lavender Moon is “a spooked love song kissed with atmospherics that would give Tom Waits the shivers.” It was produced by Andy Lemaster in his Athens, GA studio (Bright Eyes, REM, Maria Taylor), and included collaborations with Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, O+S) and John Neff (Drive By Truckers).
Rose has released two EP’s, an LP, several singles, and has been remixed by Kyp Malone of TV ON THE RADIO, The Hood Internet and Fool’s Gold. She has garnered much critical acclaim from the likes of Marie Claire, KCRW, Nylon, LA Times, Vice, LA Weekly, NPR, Flavorpill, American Songwriter, The Bluegrass Situation and more. She has had placements in TV series, commercials, and films such as Still Alice, For A Good Time, Call…, How I Met Your Mother, American Horror Story, and Underemployed, among many others. Her music has been compared with the likes of Allison Krauss, Mindy Smith, Emmylou Harris, Suzanne Vega, Dolly Parton, and Jessica Lea Mayfield.
Haroula Rose’s sophomore LP Here The Blue River, released with Thirty Tigers/Little Bliss in 2016, heralds a sound that has evolved from the traditional acoustic folk of her debut These Open Roads into more developed, full arrangements. It is reminiscent of Daniel Lanois' production if he could have worked with Judee Sill or Townes Van Zandt — a couple of Rose’s main inspirations for the album.
As a filmmaker, Rose has either written, directed, produced or acted in a variety of short films, documentaries, and feature films. She wrote, starred in, and wrote music for No Love Song, which co-stars Rosanna Arquette and premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival. No Love Song, now being distributed by TV4, went to festivals all around the world including Cannes the same year the critically acclaimed Fruitvale Station, a film Rose associate produced and music supervised, was screened there as well. Currently Rose is developing a screenplay adaptation of the much beloved novel Once Upon A River by Bonnie Jo Campbell which Rose will also direct. Warner’s inaugural year for their incubator, Project 150, for which she has created a TV series. She wrote and directed the pilot in which she also appears as a musician. Warner Brothers selected Rose to be part of their Director’s Workshop, and she was also part of Tribeca's All Access Program. In the past Rose was a Fulbright Scholar in Madrid, Spain, where she taught music and drama.
The award-winning short film Wedding Dress, featuring Joshua Leonard, Abby Wathen, and Dominic Bogart has been compared to a country ballad or Raymond Carver short story.