2018 Festival Pick
Two Shot (2018) – USA
Two men. One very important package.
As a working film crew member, Director Mike Piccirillo broke into the business working on “Wes Craven’s Wishmaster,” the Oscar-winning film “American Beauty,” as well as “Rush Hour” and “Bowfinger.” He then moved into the Art Department, working on “The Princess Diaries,” “S.W.A.T.,” “Blades of Glory,” and many others. He also worked on various commercials, television, and music videos. Mike continues to successfully work as a crew member on many high-profile film projects. In the past few years, he’s worked on “Cloverfield,” “Tron: Legacy,” “Oblivion,” “Jurassic World,” and “Kong: Skull Island.” He has recently completed a stint on the hit HBO show “Westworld.”
In 2008, Mike enrolled in UCLA Extension’s Film Directing Certificate program. In the Summer of 2010, “April” was his final thesis project. He graduated from the Certificate Program “with distinction” for his outstanding GPA. “April” went on as an official selection in many film festivals throughout the world, collecting awards along the way. His follow-up short films “Two Shot,” “Those Who Dwell Within,” and “The Real Truth behind the Real True Story: Donnie Miller” have all seen acclaim in the film festival circuit.
Piccirillo recently completed his first feature, “The Thing before the Thing.” Shot on a partially crowd-funded micro-budget of $30,000, the film was conceived and executed through unscripted improvisation. It premieres in Summer 2018 in festivals around the world.
Piccirillo resides in Santa Clarita, California with his wife Wendy and their son, Dante.