A native of New York City, Ms. Pyzel has a degree in filmmaking from NYU-SCE and has worked as a stage manager/sound/lighting tech in various theatrical venues (NY City Center, the Lucille Lortel Theatre, the Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop...).
She produced, directed and edited, "SHOOTING STARS" a 57 minute documentary about LIVING with AIDS.
Her videos include performances by Grammy Award winning organist Paul Jacobs (OCTAVES, REVERIE) and a profile of jazz legend Junior Mance, which won a Men's Vogue Critic's Choice Award (Junior Mance at Cafe Loup).
Ricky, a small-time drug dealer, in prison with a 25 years to life sentence for a violent crime he did not commit, breaks down as he relives a night of terror, and begs a resistant court appointed lawyer, to file an Appeal on his behalf.
"Pascal Arquimedes and Audrey Woods are uniformly exceptional, utterly natural...SHADOW MAN grip(s) the viewer from the outset."
- John Smistad, THE MOVIE BLOG.
Read the filmmaker Interview here.
- The Cape Codder
"The painful honesty captured in the film is effectively brought forth as [it] flip-flops between normal, day-to-day issues and the complexities heaped upon the men by AIDS... Most members of the group agreed that being diagnosed with AIDS was like a 'wake-up call.' 'It makes you finally deal with living.'"
- The Provincetown Advocate
"The great value of Shooting Stars lies in its unsentimental, humane, surprisingly humorous, and deeply touching illustration of the benefit of being involved in an AIDS support group."
- A & U (America's AIDS Magazine)
"A touching profile" - New York Native
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Member New Play Exchange
Member The Black TV & Film Collective
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