Director Liz Rizzo grew up in South Florida, where her passion for motion pictures drew her from a Boca Raton movie club, to film classes at PBCC, to FSU Graduate Film School. There, she directed witches in “Add a Dash of Glitter,” soldiers in “Privates,” and a reluctant bride in the award-winning film short, “Every Little Girl’s Dream.” She moved to Los Angeles to pursue a directing career in 2002 and directs short-form narrative projects, thriving on creative collaboration and positive energy on set. Her short, “Zero Sight: Bad Call,” from Red 5 TV’s YouTube show, The Continuum, played at film festivals in LA, NY, and Orlando. She most recently directed “Titus and Dronicus,” a 15-minute web noir about two mis-matched detectives investigating the murders in Shakespeare’s plays, and a new film short, “Start Over,” about three men on a search for that special someone. A member of the Alliance of Women Directors and a WriteGirl mentor, she is a yogi, a gamer, and a lover of vegetables (and 2-shots).
Titus and Dronicus: Hamlet
Meet Titus and Dronicus
Ep. 1 & 2
Zero Sight: Bad Call
What if you could kill anyone with a single text message?
WRNG in Studio City
Ep. 6, Pine Barrels
A scene project
Missing Miranda Kickstarter Spots
5 Character Vignettes
Trojan Fun Pack
Earth Force 5
Fighting the Romans for 2700 years . . . give or take.
SD/3 ep./16 min trt/2009
A scene project
Juanita Saves The World
Episode 7: Eco Monde
RED HD/4 min/2011/incomplete
Becca has a plan to get over her cheating ex, but her roommate thinks it’s a bad idea.
Kids Grow Up So Fast
Women in Film public service announcement for Kids Korps USA
Every Little Girl’s Dream
Breaking up is hard to do… especially on your wedding day.
35mm/16 min/August 2002
Awarded: 2003 Philafilm Silver Award Winner, July 2003
Official Selection: Foyle Film Festival, Northern Ireland, Nov. 2002; Sarasota Film Festival, Florida, Jan. 2003; Sedona Film Festival, Arizona, Feb. 2003; Myhelan Indie Film Festival, New Jersey, March 2003; Brouhaha Film and Video Showcase, Florida, May 2003; Stony Brook Film Festival, New York, July 2003; Tampa’s Independent’s Film Festival, Florida, July 2003; Rhode Island International Film Festival, August 2003; Crested Butte Reel Fest, Colorado, August 2003; L.A. Shorts Fest, Los Angeles, Sept. 2003; Women in Film Independent Film Series, Oct. 2003
Private Kelly Ibanez knows exactly what equality means to her – coed showers.
S16mm/8 min/Fall 2001
Add a Dash of Glitter
A wannabe witch pursues her dream despite constant failures & a pesky cousin.
S16mm/7 min/Summer 2001
Are You Cereal?
Claire finally meets an interesting guy, and he’s the roommate of her one night stand.
Digital Video/5 min/ Fall 2000
He’s a man among men, master of all he surveys. He hasn’t left his room all day.
16mm/Digital Video/5 min/ Fall 1999/music video
Master of Fine Arts in Film Production
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla., 8/00 – 8/02
Intense two-year, six-semester program in all aspects of film production. Students perform every possible preproduction, production, and post production position at least once while simultaneously producing and directing at least three individual projects.
• Selected as one of five students to write and direct a 35mm graduate thesis film, “Every Little Girl’s Dream,” which premiered Aug. 2002
• With the entire production team, brought “Every Little Girl’s Dream” in on schedule and within budget
• Sound designed “Every Little Girl’s Dream” while completing a screenplay and working on first-year projects in support positions in summer 2002
• Wrote and directed one digital and two super 16mm shorts
• Prepared business plans and pitched two MFA thesis films to faculty
• Worked closely with ever-changing groups of different personalities and working styles to produce numerous films every semester
Bachelor of Arts with honors
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Fla., 8/90 – 4/94
Economics Major, Minor in Geography
Member of Film Independent.