Mike Rizzo is a Brooklyn native who started making movies with his friends at the age of 13. Discovering his team at the Bay Ridge Towers, a building packed with disgruntled elderly, the team specialized in comedy shorts and parodies and started up the film collective Paxen Films. Rizzo took the reigns of editing for the collective with one purpose: to make people laugh.
Rizzo has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, has a tremendous knowledge on the evolution of the pompadour hair style, can’t wait to meet Kurt Russell, and often gets called Dave Grohl in the street. Rizzo continued to build his creative team, and while collaborating with his brother Jay… Bay Rizz was born, a self proclaimed Mayor of Bay Ridge Brooklyn. They produced videos by interviewing the community on important local topics using comedy and satire.
After gaining a great local buzz and strengthening his love for storytelling, Rizzo decided to pursue a career in editing. He took on music video clients for various record labels, cut TV work for ESPN XGames, and edited short films for directors. His short films and editing won him the audience choice award several years at the Zero Film Festival and his latest short film “Some Guys Are Bigger Than Others” won best comedy at the New York Downtown film Fest.
His experiences led him to Mackcut, where he edits TV commercials full time. Some of his clients include Little Caesars, Priceline, PBS, Ballpark Franks, Reeses, Bud Light and more. Most notably he earned recognition on editing the teasers and web film for the Bud Light “Up For Whatever” Super Bowl campaign in 2014.
He also enjoys writing, directing, playing drums and creating videos with Bobo Touch