Thomas F. Mazziotti
Thomas Mazziotti (Writer/Director) started in television production at WPIX in New York before graduating both from college and into filmmaking at the same time. He attended the International Film and Television Workshops in Maine, as well as, Laguna Beach, CA. His first effort, "The Beep", a 20-minute short film about a killer answering machine received theatrical distribution in N.Y. and L.A. due to a Fast Track article in New York magazine. This attention enabled him to option a play by Neil Bell performed at Playwrights Horizons in N.Y. and bring Sidney Lumet's producer on board to oversee the project. "Undertow" opened theatrically in N.Y. and garnished much attention due to its controversial subject matter of a young policeman entrapping a gay congressman on videotape. It stars Peter Dobson from "Last Exit to Brooklyn". Tom then turned his attention to comedy and optioned a Canadian short story by Peter Sellers. "Charlie Hoboken" opened theatrically in N.Y. and stars Jennifer Esposito, Amanda Peet, Austin Pendleton, and Tovah Feldshuh. It tells the story of a fast-talking insurance salesman that makes ends meet by being a part-time hit-man."The Mimic" is Tom's third feature and first original screenplay. Based on a recent true story that happened to him, it reunited him with Austin Pendleton after 20 years. The stylized vision and rapid-fire dialogue enabled him to attract an all-star cast with strong theatrical backgrounds making it possible to shoot fourteen pages of dialogue in one day.His next picture returns him to the world of crime and is based on a short story by Peter Robinson, winner of the 2018 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Canadian Crime Novel.