My name is Alessandro Pederzoli and I always find it hard to say exactly where I’m from. I guess it depends on the situation. My father was an orchestra director, because of his job, from age zero to sixteen, I lived in seven different countries. Two years ago, I moved to LA to attend the AFI Conservatory where I got my MFA in Screenwriting.
While growing up I used to hate the constant moving, the saying goodbye to new-made friends all the time. The only thing constant throughout my life since I was five until I finished college was fencing. I was in the Olympic Team and fenced professionally until I was 23 years old. This allowed me to travel to even more countries while competing in world cups and world championships and taught me to be disciplined and to believe that you can and will always win if you try harder than everyone else.
I was really lucky to grow up in the glamor of the backstages of opera houses around the world, and, at the same time I’ve been held at gunpoint for three hours while my kidnappers decided if they would shoot me or cut my head off. I participated in fencing world cups in all five continents and I also played soccer at a deserted beach in Mexico with a group of fishermen when I became a fisherman there for 9 months (after I survived and didn’t get my head cut!)
My background and life experiences have shaped my writing and the themes I’m interested in. I write global stories that intertwine different cultures within the same city or maybe on the other side of the world. My characters are often a fish out of water, just like myself, and I push them to the extreme, only for them to find out that the only way out is through.
NarcoBruja Thriller ⋄ Horror The wife of a drug lord is left for dead after a rival cartel brutally murders her family. Found and cared for by an indigenous Witch, she learns Pre-Hispanic black magic and vows to take revenge against those that killed her family.
Swan Song Comedy ⋄ Drama After being diagnosed with throat cancer, an uninspired Italian opera singer escapes to his villa in Palm Springs to rest. Instead, he finds his hipster-dubstep-DJ-grandson is throwing a rave there that same weekend, which will unexpectedly help him gain the inspiration to give his last concert.
Ashes Drama Turin, 1999. A family story told from three different points of view: a naive widow that never had to work a day in her life, a traumatized young boy and a rebellious teenager, after the sudden death of the patriarch, exploring how each individual copes with loss and grief while trying to hold on to each other to move on.
Austin Film Festival Second Rounder
Emerging Screenwriters Competition Finalist
Final Draft Big Break Semi Finalist
PAGE Awards Quarter Finalist
Finish Line Script Competition Quarter Finalist
WeScreenplay TV Contest Quarter Finalist
Oaxaca Film Festival Finalist
American Film Institute Conservatory