2015 Guest Speaker — Mike Piccirillo
As a working film crew member, Mike broke into the business working on WES CRAVEN’S WISHMASTER the Oscar-winning film AMERICAN BEAUTY as well as DR. DOLITTLE, RUSH HOUR, and BOWFINGER. He then moved into the Art Department working on 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, SAVING MR. BANKS and the hit film JURASSIC WORLD. He is currently working on the King Kong prequel, KONG: SKULL ISLAND.
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 to win “Best Spoof Film” at the Action-On-Film Film Festival in Pasadena, California in 2010. From there, APRIL went on to win back-to-back comedy awards at Mockfest AND Shockfest of Hollywood. It also received accolades for Best Cinematography at the 2011 Houston Comedy Film Festival. It also went on as an official selection in a number of film festivals throughout the world.
In 2011, Piccirillo co-wrote and co-directed STRAPPED, an adult comedy web-series that premiered online and at the 2012 Action-On-Film Film Festival in Monrovia, California as an Official Selection.
Piccirillo recently completed co-writing the feature-film SOUNDS LIKE ORANGE with Shannon Michael Wamser. He also completed the short film THE REAL TRUTH BEHIND THE REAL TRUE STORY: DONNIE MILLER. Written by himself and Katie Locke O’Brien, this short serves as a companion piece to SOUNDS LIKE ORANGE: THE FALL AND RISE OF DONNIE MILLER and is having a very successful festival run.