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Pedro -- A chronicle of the life of Pedro Zamora, who was diagnosed with HIV at the age of 17, and brought a human face to the condition as a cast member of MTV's  "The Real World: San Francisco".


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Writers (WGA):
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In 1994 Pedro Zamora was the first HIV-positive homosexual to appear in a reality show on MTV. The audience... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Alex Loynaz ... Pedro Zamora

Justina Machado ... Mily

Hale Appleman ... Judd

DaJuan Johnson ... Sean Sasser

Jenn Liu ... Pam
Roy Sanchez ... Alex

Karolin Luna ... Rachel

Matt Barr ... Puck

Anibal O. Lleras ... Hector Zamora
Teresa Hernández ... Mrs. Zamora
Alexis Garcia ... George
Amy Lewis ... Corey
Rafael Mondino ... Mohammed

Jorge Blanco Muñoz ... Jesus (as Jorge Blanco Cruz)
Leonardo Castro ... Hector Jr. (as Leonardo Striche)
Jason L. Wood ... Jonathan Murray
Grace Connelly ... Mary Ellis Burium
Jaime A. Alvarez ... Young Pedro (9-2 years)
Dario Flores ... Young Pedro (4 years)
Jorge Arce ... Sage
Yvette Ciordia ... NY Newscaster
Joe Umpierre ... Miami Newscaster

Craig Chester ... Counselor
Jonathan Murray ... Guest Lecturer

Alex Castillo ... HIV Counselor
Wilfredo Ramos ... Club Kid

Richard Glatzer ... NY Doctor

Brady Smith ... Miami Doctor
Tanya Rivera ... Doctor in Clinic

Magda Rivera ... Nurse
Carlos Marín ... Hotel Clerk
Victor A. Ferrer ... Little Boy
Sheymar M. Lausell ... Little Girl
Victor Alonso ... Guard

Luis Augusto Figueroa ... Ben
Tiffani Smith ... Cheryl, MTV Publicist

Joy Gohring ... President's Secretary
Trev Broudy ... TV Weatherman
Tom Derek ... Ralph

Lisa LoCicero ... Susan, TV Newscaster
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Henry W. Laster ... Lecture Attendee

Bill Clinton ... Himself (uncredited) (archive footage) (voice)
Pam Ling ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gerardo José Vega ... Pedro's Young Brother (uncredited)

Judd Winick ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Pedro Zamora ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Nick Oceano 
Writing credits
Dustin Lance Black (screenplay)

Paris Barclay (story) &
Dustin Lance Black (story)

Produced by
Paris Barclay .... executive producer
Ileana Ciena .... producer: Puerto Rico
Anne Clements .... producer
Dayna Frank .... associate producer: MTV
Scott Freeman .... executive producer
Richard Glatzer .... producer
Gil Goldschein .... executive producer
Brian Graden .... executive producer: MTV
Frances Lausell .... producer: Puerto Rico
Maggie Malina .... executive producer: MTV
Jonathan Murray .... executive producer
Chris Panizzon .... producer
Momita Sengupta .... associate producer: MTV
Wash Westmoreland .... producer
Original Music by
Barbara Cohen 
Cinematography by
Mark Putnam (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jonathan Alberts 
Casting by
Tammara Billik 
Jason L. Wood 
Production Design by
Denise Hudson 
Art Direction by
Franco Esile 
Set Decoration by
Sarah Riefkohl 
Costume Design by
Natalia Collazo 
Makeup Department
Gladymar .... special makeup effects artist
Loida E. Jeannot .... key hair stylist (as Loida Jeannot)
Maggie Jeannot .... assistant hair stylist
Maggie Jeannot .... assistant makeup artist
Angel A. Rivera .... additional hair stylist assistant
Angel A. Rivera .... additional makeup artist assistant
Sylvia Rodriguez .... assistant hair stylist
Sylvia Rodriguez .... assistant makeup artist
Nakia Secrest .... additional hair stylist (as Nakia Syvonne)
Nakia Secrest .... additional makeup artist (as Nakia Syvonne)
Gladymar Vasquez .... key makeup artist (as Gladymar Vázquez)
Gladymar Vasquez .... key special effects makeup artist (as Gladymar Vázquez)
Tracy Richards .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Esther Mejias .... unit production manager
Mark Raudonis .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alex Castillo .... director: opening title, "The Real World"
Antonio Correa .... second second assistant director
Coraly Santaliz .... second assistant director
Pedro J. Villalón .... first assistant director (as Pedro Villalón)
Art Department
Jose Albors .... property master
Gabriel Cordova .... leadman
Alejandro Garay MacLean .... set dresser (as Alejandro Garay)
Noemmy Agosto Garcia .... graphic artist
Emily Lopez .... assistant property master (ópez) (as Emilt L)
Juan Luján .... leadman
Martin Garay MacLean .... set dresser (as Martin Garay)
Francisco Martinez .... on-set dresser (as Francisco 'Pancho' Martinez)
Chaveli Sifre Riestra .... graphic artist
Gabriel Torres .... set dresser
Larry Yepez .... set dresser
Sound Department
David Barber .... dialogue editor
David Barber .... sound re-recording mixer
Melissa Bylsma .... sound coordinator
Trevor Dowswell .... sound coordinator
José Elipérez .... sound mixer
Gonzalo Espinoza .... adr mixer (as Gonzalo 'Bino' Espinoza)
Gonzalo Espinoza .... adr supervisor (as Gonzalo 'Bino' Espinoza)
Sean Gray .... sound designer
Sean Gray .... sound effects editor
Jeff Gross .... foley
Justin Ipock .... additional sound mixer: second unit
David Kitchens .... sound supervisor
Ricardo Olivera .... boom operator
Mike Pipgras .... foley (as Michael Pipgras)
Mike Pipgras .... sound effects editor (as Michael Pipgras)
Carlos Rivera .... boom operator
Carlos Rivera .... sound mixer
Joe Stillwater .... additional sound mixer: second unit (as Joseph Stillwater)
James Wright .... dolby sound consultant (as Jim Wright)
Ben Zarai .... sound supervisor
José Elí Pérez .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Libertad Ayala .... still photographer
Eddie Berrios .... electrician
Marayda Cabrera .... camera assistant
Antonio Chirino Suárez .... key grip
Francisco Cordero .... key grip
Javier Cruzado .... grip
Carlos Garcia .... first assistant camera
Miguel A. Lopez .... provider: additional generator
Michelle Malley-Campos .... camera assistant (as Michelle Malley)
Eduardo Mariota .... grip
Felix Melendez .... grip
Gabriel Moreno .... camera operator: "The Real World"
Bayoan Padro .... grip
Prav Potu .... electrician
Josué Reyes .... best boy electric
Oggie Rivera Alkea .... electrician
Raül Rosada .... gaffer
Raúl Rosado .... additional camera operator
Roxanna Santiago .... second assistant camera
Jen Woldrich .... additional first assistant camera (as Jennifer Woldrich)
Casting Department
Sonia Landivar .... extras casting
Rafael Puello .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lourdes Gandia .... costume supervisor
Jennifer Hefner .... additional wardrobe assistant
Enityas E.T. Rodriguez .... additional wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Alexis Cedeno .... editor: opening title, "The Real World"
James DeOliveira .... high definition colorist (as James De Oliveira)
Joshua Lentz .... assistant editor (as Josh Lentz)
Music Department
Carlos José Alvarez .... composer: additional music
Randy Dolnick .... director of music and media licensing
Scott Johnson .... music editor
Jason Moss .... composer: additional music
Mike Roskelley .... score mixer
Dave Stone .... music consultant
Shaun Young .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Victor Andujar .... transportation coordinator
Jose Arias .... driver (as José Arias)
Victor M. Casillas Feliciano .... driver
Hector Collazo .... driver
Faustino Espinoisa .... driver
José R. Marchessi .... transportation captain
Nelson Ramos .... driver
Luis Rosado .... driver
Antonio Santiago .... driver
John White .... driver
Other crew
Vilmarie Alcazar .... location manager
Job Alonso .... adr loop group
Victor Alonso .... lodging provider: Rico Rentals
Ricardo Andujar .... security
Alex J. Aubry .... production accountant (as Alex Aubry)
David Berson .... production attorney
Ruth Betancourt Rivera .... security
Tamaris Canals .... set production assistant
Paul Carroll .... caterer
Alex Castillo .... assistant to director
Yvette Ciordia .... payroll accountant
Jeff Comstock .... studio staff accountant
Steven Espinosa .... principal crafty
Jesus M. Fernandez .... security
Javier Fraguila .... consulting, auditing & payroll services: Film Production Services
Usha Ganesarajah .... director of stuido finance
Irma Garcia-Sinclair .... adr loop group (as Irma Garcia Sinclair)
Gladys Hernandez Millendez .... security
Neralys Hernandez .... production coordinator
John Marler .... coordinator: MTV
Teddy Mercado .... craft service
Felipe Piña .... adr loop group
Andrea Porrello .... production attorney
Beatriz Ramos .... assistant to producers
Nelson Ramos .... security
Alexandra Rodriguez .... script supervisor
Andres Rodriguez .... travel agent: Hectours Travel
Elisa Sanchez .... key set production assistant
Antonio Sifre .... legal services: Puerto Rico, Production Advisory Services of Puerto Rico
Gupreet Singh .... staff production accountant
Isabelisse Soto .... office production assistant
Gloria Talamantez .... payroll specialist
Skye Topic .... assistant: Mr. Murray
Alexis Torres .... security
Fernando Torres .... assistant accountant
Dianne Ventura .... assistant: Mr. Goldschein
Nicholas Walsh .... assistant: Mr. Freeman
Kimberly Walters .... director of production finance (as Kim Walters)
Melissa Weing .... adr loop group
Ellen Wong .... title designer
Paul Yuan .... assistant: Mr. Murray
Jim Dobson .... publicist (uncredited)
Todd Haynes .... thanks
Henry W. Laster .... very special thanks

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Additional Details

USA:90 min
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Did You Know?

Original cast members Pam Ling and Judd Winick (now married) have cameo appearance in the film with their baby.See more »
Factual errors: At one point, a doctor asks Pedro what age he is, to which he replies "23". The doctor says this is correct, but in reality, Pedro died when he was 22 years old.See more »
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References "Real World" (1992)See more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A Fitting Tribute, 12 July 2009
Author: gradyharp from United States

The film PEDRO is a combination of documentary and cinematic drama, and as such it could have been an awkward pastiche, an attempt to honor the memory of a brave young man who courageously faced classrooms of children and many different public forums as a man living with HIV, offering the general public the opportunity to learn about the disease in hopes of preventing its spread. Instead what happens is this film as written by Dustin Lance Black after a story by Paris Barclay and as directed with sensitive taste by Nick Oceano is a completely satisfying drama that just happens to add film clips form the well-known life of Pedro Zamora to enhance the dignity of this story.

After a rather startling opening sequence the film begins in Cuba as families lined up to cross to America: among those families was the Zamora mother (Teresa Hernández), father (Anibal O. Lleras) and only three of their children, including young Pedro and Mily. They settle in Miami where Pedro grows up remembering his past in Cuba and concentrating on his world of fantasy with his beloved mother. Pedro matures to a teenager (Alex Loynaz), a handsome and affable young lad whose sexual preference is men. At the tender age of 17 he is found to be HIV positive and his sister Mily (Justina Machado) pledges to stay by his side through all of his trials. Pedro is encouraged by various people to come out about his situation and indeed he does, flying to San Francisco to be on the Real People reality show. There he makes friends with his fellow 'roommates' (especially Judd/ Hale Appleman and Pam/ Jenn Liu). On the show, in front of the public television audience he can be himself - a normal young guy who happens to have AIDS. He meets Sean Sasser (DaJuan Johnson) and they eventually marry on the television series. Pedro becomes a very popular speaker and advocate for AIDS prevention. Once the series is over Pedro becomes ill and goes from a New York hospital to his home in Miami, diagnosed with an incurable manifestation of his disease. The manner in which Pedro and his family cope with all aspects of Pedro's life closes the film.

Alex Loynaz is excellent as Pedro, if not the magnetic personality of his true counterpart, and his scenes with Justina Machado are particularly profound and deeply touching. The entire cast is well selected and offers different insights to the life of Pedro Zamora. There won't be a dry eye after watching this tender film. It is well worth spending time getting to know another unsung hero. Grady Harp

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