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Pedro (2008)

  • Rate: 6.9/10 total 247 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Runtime: USA:90 min
  • Filming Location: Puerto Rico
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Pedro (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Pedro (2008)
  • Rate: 6.9/10 total 247 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Runtime: USA:90 min
  • Filming Location: Puerto Rico
  • Director: Nick Oceano
  • Stars: Alex Loynaz, Justina Machado and Hale Appleman
  • Original Music By: Barbara Cohen   
  • Plot Keyword: MTV | Homosexual | Gay Man | Gay | New York City

Writing Credits By:

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

Known Trivia

  • Original cast members Pam Ling and Judd Winick (now married) have cameo appearance in the film with their baby.

Plot: In 1994 Pedro Zamora was the first HIV-positive homosexual to appear in a reality show on MTV. The audience… See more » |  »

Story: In 1994 Pedro Zamora was the first HIV-positive homosexual to appear in a reality show on MTV. The audience of 'The Real World: San Francisco' identified easily with this intelligent, good-looking Latino. His presence on the show also meant that audiences in the United States and abroad had to engage with the topic of AIDS. A screen adaptation of Pedro Zamora's life: his childhood in Havana as the youngest of eight children, his emigration to the United States, his hard work as an AIDS activist, his appearance on 'The Real World' as well as the short time that was left to him subsequently.Written by Warsaw Film Festival  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Paris Barclay known as executive producer
  • Ileana Ciena known as producer: Puerto Rico
  • Anne Clements known as producer
  • Dayna Frank known as associate producer: MTV
  • Scott Freeman known as executive producer
  • Richard Glatzer known as producer
  • Gil Goldschein known as executive producer
  • Brian Graden known as executive producer: MTV
  • Frances Lausell known as producer: Puerto Rico
  • Maggie Malina known as executive producer: MTV
  • Jonathan Murray known as executive producer
  • Chris Panizzon known as producer
  • Momita Sengupta known as associate producer: MTV
  • Wash Westmoreland known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Alex Loynaz known as Pedro Zamora
  • Justina Machado known as Mily
  • Hale Appleman known as Judd
  • DaJuan Johnson known as Sean Sasser
  • Jenn Liu known as Pam
  • Roy Sanchez known as Alex
  • Karolin Luna known as Rachel
  • Matt Barr known as Puck
  • Anibal O. Lleras known as Hector Zamora
  • Teresa Hernández known as Mrs. Zamora
  • Alexis Garcia known as George
  • Amy Lewis known as Corey
  • Rafael Mondino known as Mohammed
  • Jorge Blanco Muñoz known as Jesus
  • Leonardo Striche known as Hector Jr.
  • Jason L. Wood known as Jonathan Murray
  • Grace Connelly known as Mary Ellis Burium
  • Jaime A. Alvarez known as Young Pedro (9-2 years)
  • Dario Flores known as Young Pedro (4 years)
  • Jorge Arce known as Sage
  • Yvette Ciordia known as NY Newscaster
  • Joe Umpierre known as Miami Newscaster
  • Craig Chester known as Counselor
  • Jonathan Murray known as Guest Lecturer
  • Alex Castillo known as HIV Counselor
  • Wilfredo Ramos known as Club Kid
  • Richard Glatzer known as NY Doctor
  • Brady Smith known as Miami Doctor
  • Tanya Rivera known as Doctor in Clinic
  • Magda Rivera known as Nurse
  • Carlos Marín known as Hotel Clerk
  • Victor A. Ferrer known as Little Boy
  • Sheymar M. Lausell known as Little Girl
  • Victor Alonso known as Guard
  • Luis Augusto Figueroa known as Ben
  • Tiffani Smith known as Cheryl, MTV Publicist
  • Joy Gohring known as President's Secretary
  • Trev Broudy known as TV Weatherman
  • Tom Derek known as Ralph
  • Lisa LoCicero known as Susan, TV Newscaster
  • Bill Clinton known as Himself (uncredited) (archive footage) (voice)
  • Pam Ling known as Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Gerardo José Vega known as Pedro's Young Brother (uncredited)
  • Judd Winick known as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Pedro Zamora known as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Gladymar known as special makeup effects artist
  • Loida E. Jeannot known as key hair stylist (as Loida Jeannot)
  • Maggie Jeannot known as assistant hair stylist
  • Maggie Jeannot known as assistant makeup artist
  • Angel A. Rivera known as additional hair stylist assistant
  • Angel A. Rivera known as additional makeup artist assistant
  • Sylvia Rodriguez known as assistant hair stylist
  • Sylvia Rodriguez known as assistant makeup artist
  • Nakia Syvonne known as additional hair stylist
  • Nakia Syvonne known as additional makeup artist
  • Gladymar Vasquez known as key makeup artist (as Gladymar Vázquez)
  • Gladymar Vasquez known as key special effects makeup artist (as Gladymar Vázquez)
  • Tracy Richards known as makeup artist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Jose Albors known as property master
  • Gabriel Cordova known as leadman
  • Alejandro Garay MacLean known as set dresser (as Alejandro Garay)
  • Noemmy Agosto Garcia known as graphic artist
  • Emily Lopez known as assistant property master (ópez) (as Emilt L)
  • Juan Luján known as leadman
  • Martin Garay MacLean known as set dresser (as Martin Garay)
  • Frabcisco 'Pancho' Martinez known as on-set dresser
  • Chaveli Sifre Riestra known as graphic artist
  • Gabriel Torres known as set dresser
  • Larry Yepez known as set dresser

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Company

Production Companies:

  • BMP Films

Other Companies:

  • AON/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services  insurance
  • Bleiberg Entertainment  distribution advisory services
  • Castle2000 Films  director assistance services
  • Entertainment Partners  payroll services
  • Film Production Services  consulting: auditing & payroll services
  • Hectours Travel  travel agent
  • Hotel Normandie  lodging (as Normandie Hotel)
  • Isla Films  production services
  • Juniper Post  sound services
  • Media Distributors  high definition tapestock
  • On Set Communications  walkies
  • One Wat Craft Services  craft truck
  • Paulo Grip & Lighting Equioment  grip and lighting equipment
  • Production Advisory Services of Puerto Rico  legal services: Puerto Rico
  • Puerto Rico Cast & Crew  payroll services
  • Rico Rentals  lodging
  • Target  car and trucks
  • Wexler Video  camera equipment
  • William Morris Agency (WMA)  distribution advisory services

Distributors:

  • Music Television (MTV) (2009) (USA) (TV)
  • Wolfe Video (2009) (USA) (DVD)

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Other Stuff

Release Date:
  • Canada 7 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Germany 7 February 2009 (Berlin International Film Festival)
  • USA 1 April 2009 (TV premiere)
  • USA 24 April 2009 (Salem Film Festival)
  • USA 30 May 2009 (FilmOut San Diego)
  • UK 20 July 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 2 September 2009 (Budapest Pride)
  • Poland October 2009 (Warsaw Film Festival)

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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  1. gradyharp from United States
    31 Mar 2012, 12:18 am

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

    After a rather startling opening sequence the film begins in Cuba asfamilies lined up to cross to America: among those families was theZamora mother (Teresa Hernández), father (Anibal O. Lleras) and onlythree of their children, including young Pedro and Mily. They settle inMiami where Pedro grows up remembering his past in Cuba andconcentrating on his world of fantasy with his beloved mother. Pedromatures to a teenager (Alex Loynaz), a handsome and affable young ladwhose sexual preference is men. At the tender age of 17 he is found tobe HIV positive and his sister Mily (Justina Machado) pledges to stayby his side through all of his trials. Pedro is encouraged by variouspeople to come out about his situation and indeed he does, flying toSan Francisco to be on the Real People reality show. There he makesfriends with his fellow 'roommates' (especially Judd/ Hale Appleman andPam/ Jenn Liu). On the show, in front of the public television audiencehe can be himself – a normal young guy who happens to have AIDS. Hemeets Sean Sasser (DaJuan Johnson) and they eventually marry on thetelevision series. Pedro becomes a very popular speaker and advocatefor AIDS prevention. Once the series is over Pedro becomes ill and goesfrom a New York hospital to his home in Miami, diagnosed with anincurable manifestation of his disease. The manner in which Pedro andhis family cope with all aspects of Pedro's life closes the film.

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

  2. kosmasp
    31 Mar 2012, 12:18 am

    I have to admit that I didn't know who Pedro is/was, before I watchedthis movie. And another user stated correctly, that this movie doeshave a sort of "Movie of the Week" feeling to it. Still (and maybebecause), I hadn't heard of this story I thought the portrayal of Pedrowas intense and well played by it's main actor. More subtle than on thenose.

    Since I have no idea how much creative freedom the makers took, whilemaking the movie. The drama is good for this sort of movie, but Iunderstand, if people might feel cheated and might have expected muchmore from this movie. A nice little movie then, but not a must see.

  3. brian coleman (bricoleman) from United States
    31 Mar 2012, 12:18 am

    This movie seemed more of a puff piece for the RW series rather thanPedro. I think it was made for several reasons even though some arealtruistic but there are still others that are not. The Real World isdeclining in ratings and this move seems to attempt to say the show isvery socially conscious and culturally relevant. I think any ties thoseconcepts ended with the Miami season. The London series didn't do wellin the ratings and the Miami only improved them from being more sexualand provocative. Now it's just trash TV.

    Pedro was a very accomplished AIDS activist prior to the show, Pedrothe movie portrayed the show as his sole accomplishment. He advocatedadults to make more responsible decisions – hardly the message given bythe more recent series.

    He spoke in front of congress and made several national appearances onTV prior to his stint in the RW house.

    I wasn't satisfied with the amount of time given to his bio, theyworked his life around the series. They even recreated scenes from theshow – which is ridiculous.

    I think they portrayed his death wrong, and didn't reflect whatactually happened. They didn't really discuss the issues Sean Sasserdealt with following Pedro's deteriorating health. They only providedsmall references to the difficulties experienced between Sean Sasserand Pedro's family.

    If they really wanted to do a service to Pedro's cause they'd repeatthe in Memoriam special they had following his death – It provided morebiographical information. The speech played in the Special's creditselicits, in my opinion, more of a response then just the biographicalinformation in end credits of Pedro. You didn't get the right messagefrom the Movie in comparison with the in Memoriam Special.

  4. Jon Ward from London, England
    31 Mar 2012, 12:18 am

    15 years ago remember watching an MTV TV show that changed myperceptions what was then something that had little known about it. Itwould almost certainly kill you.

    At the end of the last episode in the house a group of young peoplewatch as Pedro exchanging rings with his boyfriend Sean in front of thesmiling house members, (voice of Pedro) "Um…. It is a lot easier for meto face my own fears and to face the uncertainty of my own life humm…Knowing that he is there: So I love you.

    Text on the screen as broadcast: 'Pedro passed away on November 11th,1994, the night the last episode of The Real World San Francisco wastelevised.' 'Since the epidemic began 33 million people worldwide havedied from AIDS' I remembered watching this and crying when it was firstbroadcast.

    I cried tonight.

    Then I remembering Pedro discovering he is HIV+ and is and is indespair and lost…. He goes to watch Schindler's List on the cinema andhe realises it doesn't matter if he dies or not – Only that he standsup and makes a difference.

    Pedro isn't the last beautiful person I have met in my life but becauseof people like him (some of whom I am lucky to call friends) I knowmore than I did but more importantly…. I think they have made me abetter person. (Yes that needs work too).

    'Each year 2.5 million people are newly infected'.

    Tonight I watched a film of this story and was reminded how one braveyoung man's struggle changed my mind forever.

    I remembered Pedro and smiled.

  5. petesea from United States
    31 Mar 2012, 12:18 am

    Pedro Zamora broke new ground as an HIV positive AIDS activist onnational television on MTV's The Real World. This film, unfortunately,does not break much new ground – we get to know more about Pedro andhis leaving Cuba and him dealing with AIDS and his treatments, but itleaves me wanting more. This is more of a Movie Of The Week than a filmthat celebrates Pedro's life and achievements.

    I am a big fan of The Real World and Pedro's season had more drama init than this movie. The whole Puck arc on The Real World (and even theRachel and Pedro one) had much more tension and emotion than this filmdoes. It has been 15 years since Pedro passed away, couldn't we havegotten a better script given all the time that it could have beenworked on? This film's message is still relevant today, but ourrelative enlightenment on homosexuality, STDs, sex education and safesex makes the subject not as taboo as it was 15 years ago.

    For me, Alex Loynaz' portrayal of Pedro does not capture the stronglife force and intensity that Pedro did have. I did appreciate thecameo that Judd, Pam and their kids had – I wish that all the castmembers had participated with their comments in a documentary styleinstead of the actors who portrayed them.

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