In the broad landscape of independent film production Mark has emerged as a unique filmmaker who has undertaken artistic projects that are epic in scale, entail great technical complexity and innovation, and transcend an ordinary view of the world.
An inventor and industrial designer with a diverse technical background, and equally comfortable in both creative and producing roles, Mark is a hands on filmmaker who is deeply involved in all aspects of his projects, including concept development, production management, editing, and scoring. In the course of the last 20+ years he has taken crews to over 50 countries in search of profound and one of a kind imagery.
As co-Producer of the IMAX film Chronos (1985) (Grand Prix du Jury Award at the first Festival International du Film Omnimax de Paris, 1987) he pioneered a conversion of the film to the new 870 format that expanded its availability beyond the IMAX theater group, a protocol that was later widely emulated.
After the completion of Chronos, Mark, with Director Ron Fricke, began developing the 70mm feature project that was to become Baraka (1992) which he produced, co-wrote, and co-edited. Three years and 24 countries in the making, the film won numerous awards including the FIPRESCI (International Critics) Award for Best Picture at the Montreal World Film Festival. Mark also received a nomination for Best Documentary Editing from the A.C.E.
In 1995 he produced and directed Toward the Within, a theatrically released feature length documentary about the world music group Dead Can Dance and singer/composer Lisa Gerrard. Lisa is one of the composers on Samsara.
For the Baraka Blu-ray he pioneered a first of its kind film to digital scanning process. The resulting Blu-ray was described by critic Roger Ebert as the finest video-disc I have ever viewed or ever imagined and by itself sufficient reason to acquire a Blu-ray player.
Samsara, also photographed in 70mm, has been in production for over 4 years.