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Overview (1)

Born in Batavia, New York, USA

Mini Bio (1)

According to the news program, Hard Copy, "Mark Pirro practically made Hollywood history with his 1983 feature comedy, A Polish Vampire in Burbank." Shot for the unbelievable budget of $2500, the feature went on to make back over a million dollars in home video and cable television distribution. It played on USA network for two years in the late 80s, distinguishing it as the most inexpensive feature film to ever play on that network.

Pirro went on to produce several other low budget wonders, some on budgets less than $500, like his 1998 comedy "Color-Blinded," which went on to win three awards, and his parody of Japanese Godzilla movies, "Rectuma" (2003), which screened at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

In 2009, Pirro skewered Biblical mythology with his biting satire and semi-epic, "The God Complex," which Pirro boasts is the "official rejection" of some of the most prestigious film festivals around. The film did, however get selected for a few festivals and has been a popular item at several atheist conventions. Produced on a budget of less than $1000, The God Complex goes beyond anything Pirromount has ever produced before. It also comes with its own merchandising in the form of a talking Jesus head (the Submissive Jesus) which answers your prayers with the twist of his crown. The toy is still available at thesubmissivejesus.com

In 2014, Pirro wrote, produced and directed "Rage of Innocence," his first non-comedy feature, which stars long time Pirromount associate, John McCafferty and Hunger Games: Mockingjay's Annie Cresta - Stef Dawson. Rage of Innocence is the story of a 15 year old sociopath named Raven who will stop at nothing to keep a man from dating her single mother.

In 2016, Pirro started production on his 10th feature film, "Celluloid Soul," the story of a man living today who falls in love with an actress from a couple of movies made in the late 1930s, who forces him to doubt his sanity when she shows up on his doorstep looking exactly like she did in those movies made over 75 years ago (complete with a black and white hue, dust particles and vertical scratches throughout her body).

Decades before the digital age of no-budget filmmaking, Pirro was a pioneer in a field that has now become commonplace: making movies without spending loads of cash. From his first feature shot for $2500 to his more recent works, in some cases shot for less, Pirro still has the passion to create feature films without ever having to mortgage his house.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: All the Facts

Trivia (6)

Is a speaker at college and university seminars on low-budget movie making.
His first feature film, A Polish Vampire in Burbank, produced in 1983 for $2500, was the most inexpensive feature film ever to run on USA Network in the 1990s.
Since 1995, produces a yearly "Marky Fun Tape" for friends and family, which consists of events from the previous year.
Has written, produced and/or directed ten feature films since his first in 1983, most of them self funded.
Came up with his company name "Pirromount" when he was 13, shooting short movies on Super 8mm film in upstate New York.
Many of Pirro's actors go as far back as the beginning of his filmmaking. John McCafferty has appeared in almost all of Pirro's films (including two short films made in 1978 and 1979, "Buns" and "The Spy Who Did It Better"). Ron Curtiss appeared in 1978's "Buns," "Color-Blinded" (1998), "Rectuma" (2003) and "The God Complex" (2009). Tyrone Dubose' appeared as a pimp in "A Polish Vampire in Burbank" (1983), Color-Blinded (1998), Rectuma (2003), The God Complex (2009), "Rage of Innocence" (2014), and Celluloid Soul (2017). Actor Jim Bruce appeared in every one of Pirro's feature films from 1983's "A Polish Vampire in Burbank" to 1998's "Color-Blinded." Bruce's association with Pirro's films ended when he died in 1999.

Personal Quotes (6)

If ya got it flaunt it. If you ain't got it, make it look like you've got it and flaunt THAT.
There's absolutely nothing I'm capable of doing other than being a filmmaker. I've tried other jobs, I've tried the straight and narrow path, and I went nuts. You have to really want [to be a filmmaker] bad enough.
I try to give my films standout titles. If you don't, they'll be lost in a sea of low-budget movies.
Every time you start a new film, it's like starting from scratch.
I have friends who want to make films but don't, because they're waiting for somebody to come along and give them a film deal. It isn't going to happen that way. Do what you need to do. If you've got a video camera, make a video film. If you've got a Super-8 camera, make a Super-8 film. If you don't have a camera, take a pencil and a piece of paper and write a script. Do whatever you have to do to make it work. Sooner or later, you'll get your shot.
I'd rather make 10 no-budget movies that I have complete control over than spend time soliciting investors to make one bigger budgeted film that someone else controls.

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