Mike Rizzo to Debut Bay Rizz: The Man For You Film
Brooklyn, NY-based film chronicles the story of Bay Rizz, Bay Ridge’s unofficial Mayor
Brooklyn, NY (For Immediate Release) – On September 18, 2010, Bay Rizz: The Man For You will screen in Bay Ridge at Gallery 364, Bay Ridges first fine art gallery which is located at 364 72nd Street, Brooklyn, NY. The film will show hourly from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. complete with a full red-carpet treatment.
The Man For You was shot in January, 2010 in Brooklyn's storied Bay Ridge neighborhood. The film is the 10th short in a series that chronicles the story of Bay Ridge’s unofficial Mayor, Bay Rizz, and his mission to sort out often neglected local issues. The film provides a glimpse into Mayor Bay Rizz’s personal history and enables viewers to understand how he became the man that he is today through an engaging rap music video parody.
“I am very pleased to be screening this film in Bay Ridge Brooklyn with the support of Gallery 364. Having an opportunity to show the film in the neighborhood where the story was born is very exciting! It’s also very exciting for me to have my girlfriend and business partner, Rachele Richards, on board in her directorial debut,” says Mike Rizzo, Filmmaker.
The cast includes prominent local figures such as Councilman Vincent Gentile, Brooklyn Eagle columnists Chuck Otey & Liz Gassimi, Brooklyn One Theater’s Executive Director Tom Kane, and Pierre Salemeh, the owner of several local Brooklyn restaurants. Also featured in this film are cameos from Mike Rizzo’s family; his grandmother, mother and aunt all appear in a sequence that highlights a real life family haunt, The Americana Diner.
“Many of the characters in this film are real life people from my childhood. We all have our routines; the guy we get our coffee from, the person who sells the newspaper, the places we go for Sunday brunch with the family. I’m honored to have most of these actual people from my past sing and act in this film!," says Rizzo.
For more information about the film visit: http://www.bayrizz.com/
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About filmmaker Mike Rizzo: Mike Rizzo was born and raised in Bay Ridge Brooklyn. At the age of 9, he picked up a camera for the first time and decided to tell his stories through a lens. He quickly realized that editing was his passion. He went on to cut the Summer XGames for ESPN, music videos for Capitol Records, and currently works full time for a commercial editing house in New York City. For more information visit: http://www.mikerizzoedit.com/
About filmmaker Rachele Richards: Rachele Richards is a native New Yorker from the north shore of Staten Island. She started performing on stage at the age of four and has continued acting and singing ever since. Rachele studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute and made several television appearances early in her career. She is currently working as a graphic artist in TriBeCa and still pursues her love for acting, directing and producing along side her boyfriend and creative partner, Mike Rizzo. For more information visit: http://www.rachelerichards.com/
About Gallery 364: Gallery 364 is Bay Ridges' First Art Gallery & Studio Space, offering monthly art competitions,and is a studio space for art, painting and photography classes. With its community involvement ethos, it has collaborated on projects with the Narrows Botanical Garden, Women Against Violence, the Green Spa and Wellness Center, and the Bay Ridge Greenmarket. For more information about Gallery 364: Bay Ridge’s First Fine Arts Gallery, visit www.gallery364.com. Viewings are open by invitation and reservation.