Mark Archer is a multiple award-winning Filmmaker, Author and Speaker. He is also President/CEO of Mark Archer Films, a commercial production and post-production company he founded after he first gained notoriety in the motion picture industry with his first feature motion picture production, “In the Company of Men”. He partnered with writer/director Neil Labute to produce the film for the paltry sum of only twenty five thousand dollars. Six months later, the film would go on to win the Filmmaker’s Trophy at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. A few months after that, Sony Pictures Classics would purchase the film and release it to worldwide critical acclaim, bringing in over $20 million dollars at the U.S. box office alone. The film also launched the careers of Aaron Eckhart (“Erin Brockovich”, “The Dark Knight”), Matt Malloy (“Armageddon”, “Law and Order”) and Stacy Edwards (“Chicago Hope”, “Driven”).
Following the success of his first film, he directed David Carradine, Michael Maloney and Mariel Hemingway in “American Reel”, marking the first time David Carradine had performed original music for a film since “Bound for Glory”. After that film, he turned his focus to building a successful commercial production and post-production company, New Hollywood Studios, and continued producing and directing a wide array of productions, including music videos, live concerts, network TV pilots, international documentaries and television commercials.
In a career that has spanned over 30 years, he and his films have won or been nominated for over two dozen different awards worldwide, including Sundance, Cannes, Deauville, the New York Film Critics, Chicago Film Critics and the IFC Independent Spirit Awards, for which Mark was nominated for “Best First Feature” with actor Samuel L. Jackson. His cinematography has also been featured in American Cinematographer Magazine, and he has lectured at film festivals and universities nationwide on filmmaking, marketing and feature film financing.