Krista Mazzeo: Independent Film Producer on the Rise

By Staff Writer
November 15, 2001

Krista Mazzeo

Krista Mazzeo, communications center supervisor and general manager of WYBF FM, has an independent film premiering on Dec. 14, titled “Bitters and Blue Ruin.”

An independent film is a movie that is made by people who do not work for any kind of cinema company and do not have many contacts in Hollywood or New York. It is strictly low budget. It can cost anywhere from $300 to $50,000.

Independent filmmakers are allowed to make their own decisions. However, these filmmakers must fund the entire film by themselves.

When Mazzeo graduated from Cabrini in Dec. 1998, she received a degree in English/communications. Although most people here associate her with Cabrini’s radio station, she does have other interests. ” I have fulfilled my goals with radio. Film just happened to be something that came along, and I figured let me try it out and see how it works” Mazzeo said.

Her friends wrote the screenplay five years ago. They funded the entire movie out of their own paychecks. The actual filming took about two years.

Since Mazzeo had a background in sound and engineering, she decided to help them out.

The film is set in 1947. It is a type of dark comedy/mystery. It is about a college professor who is trying to write a book, but he has writer’s block. He winds up getting into an absinth ring, a type of alcohol that was banned because it had psychedelic effects on its users. It is basically about all of the people that he encounters while he is trying to get this absinth and the other people in his life.

Mazzeo always had film in the back of her mind. When she was little she always had dreams of packing her belongings and moving to Hollywood. She gave up those dreams because both she and her family knew that it was not a stable lifestyle.

When asked where she gets her motivation from Mazzeo says, “Ultimately motivation is to be able to live comfortably and to have money.” She wants to have the financial freedom to be able to do other projects in her field of study. “It is getting to do what a lot of people only dream of doing” Mazzeo said.

The premiere will be held on Friday Dec. 14. The theater has a seating capacity of 500 and it is almost sold out.

Mazzeo’s friends have already started to work on a few more scripts. She is hoping that this opportunity opens the door for them to work on upcoming films.

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