4 - 8 October 2016

"Motion Picture For Development"

The Heightened

Two woman are gravely affected by the opinion of a mysterious stranger.

Director BIography

Mark is an award-winning writer/director/producer who has a passion for film, songwriting, and innovative storytelling. Since starting his own independent film company MAD Resilience Films in 2012, Mark has written, directed and produced 16 short films.

Mark has also ventured into musical theatre by writing, directing, and producing two stage shows simultaneously: the one-woman-show Midway to Angie which premiered at the London Fringe, and The Epitome of Regret: A Musical, which toured from Toronto to Vancouver in 2013.

In 2014, his film Basted won Best International Film at the Milledgeville Film Festival. The same film also garnered him a nomination for Best Director at the 2014 Gwinnett International Film Festival. He was one of the featured panelists in Atlanta, where he discussed the art of Writing a Short Film. Rounding out 2014, Mark wrote and directed the 48-hour film challenge "Strangers on Bench"​ and the critically acclaimed "White Lock"​, which has been winning international accolades from Amsterdam to Barcelona to Milledgeville. It is touring the festival circuit with stops at Toronto Canada, Goa India, Paterson New Jersey, and the Cannes Short Film Corner.

2015 was a milestone year with new challenges in which he wrote and directed 9 projects, highlighted by the tragic domestic drama "Still Closed", the dark comedy "Sorry for Coming"​, the urban micro-short "Relatively Screwed"​, the psychological 48-hour challenge “Speaking of Witch”. All four short films are simultaneously touring the film festival circuit.

2016 promises to be an exciting and busy year for Mark as he makes his French-language directorial debut with the dysfunctional family drama “Pardonnez-moi Mon Père”. Other scheduled productions include “Valency”, an exploration of injustice and reformation, and “Partition” an experimental short film touching on the subject of cross-generational purgatory.