Author, speaker, and award-winning director Mark Vicente was part of the creative team behind the sleeper hit “What The Bleep Do We Know?!” Several books have been written about the film’s remarkable grassroots marketing campaign, which led to its unprecedented success.
Mark was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1965. Taking his first photograph at age four, he quickly discovered his passion for being behind the camera. After film school, he began working his way up the ranks in the motion picture camera department, first starting as a camera assistant and later as a Cameraman and and Steadicam© Operator. Before going on to shoot music videos and commercials, Mark worked as a news-cameraman in apartheid South Africa.
His first big break came as Director of Photography on the musical “SARAFINA,” starring Whoopi Goldberg. In 1992, he set his sights on Hollywood and shot his first studio picture for Disney entitled “FATHERHOOD,” starring Patrick Swayze and Halle Berry. At the age of 26, he became one of the youngest cinematographers to shoot a big budget studio picture. Over the next 10 years, he went on to shoot an additional 14 feature films.
Mark soon found much of the subject matter in Hollywood to be sorely lacking. Driven by the conviction that tales of greatness, nobility and introspection could be as exciting and financially successful as the subjects of revenge, pillage and plunder so beloved in the film industry, he decided it was time to only tell stories he cared deeply about. In 2000 he embraced his destiny of becoming a director and began directing and shooting commercials and documentaries that gave voice to an iconoclastic and politically incorrect sense of humor.
Perhaps because of the very obvious iniquities in his native South Africa, he found himself propelled to question certain fundamental assumptions at a very young age. Beliefs about human behavior, cosmology, existentialism and mysticism. Unifying his love of science, philosophy and film-making, Mark’s dream of creating cinema to inspire and provoke thought began to emerge with the release of “What the BLEEP do we Know?!”
Deeply moved by the unprecedented violence, taking place in Mexico, Mark completed Encender el Corazon, a film about non-violent protest movements. The film follows a group of concerned Mexicans using community building, and non-violent protest to recover the hearts, minds and homes of those who have been deeply affected by the fear of kidnapping, robbery and gang violence.
Always on a search to find new and revolutionary ways to raise awareness through film, he is currently developing “Bending Time”, a sci-fi spy thriller packaged with a virtual reality and biofeedback video game and the sci-fi drama "Terra Antiquis” under the banner of his Production company Insight Industries.