Sarah Pirozek DIRECTOR | WRITER | PRODUCER
As a teen Pirozek taught art to Bengali refugee kids, was a chairperson of the newly founded ‘Brixton Housing Co-op’, played with her punk band, and was introduced to the music industry by Puffy and Andre Harrell at Uptown Records, all before working in film.
After studying in London, she moved to NYC working two jobs while studying at the ‘Whitney’s ISP’, ‘The Actors Studio’ and ‘The New School’. She began working in the film industry directing music videos, segments, and commercials, shocked to find how much bias and BS faced women she decided to do what she could to change the narrative, working to re-enforce positive female role models on screen and cast diverse faces in as many projects as possible.
She has helmed over 100 award commercials, multiple music videos, produced three features; including her award-winning documentary feature films Free Tibet and as a producer the indie feature Flora, has written two features, a series and collection of short stories, going on to direct, produce and write TV programming & web content for the Sundance Channel, NAT GEO, PBS, HBO and The UK’s Channel Four TV. She is a DGA member in good standing, and has recently made her dramatic feature debut with her script #LIKE, currently on the festival, circuit garnering fantastic reviews.
Her awards include a “Best of Fest” from The Edinburgh IFF, Showtime’s New-Talent “No Limits Award” “BDA Silver,” multiple “Art Direction” “Awards of Distinction”, “NY Film and Television Awards”, which include Gold, Silver and Finalist awards, a “Monitor” Award, an “Addy,” and a “British Arts Council Award.” #LIKE has won “Best Script” and “Best Producer” awards, and was selected for The DGA’s “Directors Finders Series.”
Her scripts have been nominated in screenplay competitions such as ‘ISA’, ‘ScreenCraft’, ‘Stowe’, ‘Slamdance’ and ‘The PAGE Awards’. She has worked with talent as disparate as Tribe Called Quest, Bjork, Denis O’Hare, Sade, Roman Coppola, Shaquille O’Neal, Speech, the White Stripes, Aimee Mann, Lance Accord, Queen Latifah, Spike Jonze, Bokeem Woodbine and Billy Crudup among others. But before all this she was a kid who survived and thrived living off-grid as a teen squatter.