Mark Mamalakis

Mark Mamalakis is a filmmaker based in Chicago. He holds an M.A. in Media from the University of Illinois at Chicago where he focused on ethnographic filmmaking. He was also a student in the Anthropological Film class taught by Jean Rouch at Harvard University in 1981.

Mark’s experimental film, Portrait of a Filmmaker, has received 5 festival awards and his documentary, The Art of Haiti, received three awards from the Chicago International Film Festival. Both films are included in MoMA’s Circulating Film Library.

Mark received a grant in cinema from the French Ministry of External Relations enabling him to develop projects in France for seven months. He was awarded an NEA Regional Fellowship as well as grants from the Illinois Humanities Council, the Illinois Arts Council and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. He is currently completing documentaries about the Chicago Stockyards, the Mexican painter Alejandro Romero, and a fiction screenplay titled The Labyrinth.

In addition to his filmmaking Mark has worked as a location manager/location scout for directors including Costa Gavras, Michael Mann, Clint Eastwood and Steven Soderbergh.

[bio courtesy of the filmmaker] 


Recent Reviews

The Art of Haiti

The Art of Haiti is exceptional in its visuals and attention to historical context -- biographical in the case of artists, as well as institutional and social. Inspiring and heartbreaking...