Mark Tusk

After a stint in the William Morris Agency mailroom, the desk of agent Boaty Boatwright and in Literary Development under Phyllis Levy and Ruth Pomerance, Mark Tusk joined Miramax Films in 1988 as Director of Acquisitions when the company was only twenty or so employees strong. He was the first to recommended such titles as Reservoir Dogs, Clerks, Kids, Paris is Burning, Like Water for Chocolate, Strictly Ballroom, Farewell My Concubine, Young Soul Rebels, Unzipped, and Basquiat. He was instrumental in finding, packaging and developing Good Will Hunting and Chasing Amy. In 1996 he was hired as New Line Cinema’s Senior Vice President of Production where he Executive Produced John Cameron Mitchell’s award-winning and much revered Hedwig and the Angry Inch which was awarded Grand Jury Prize and Audience Favorite at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. In recent years he has flexed his own creative muscles as a photographer. His photos have appeared in The London Times Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Observer, American Theatre, Filmmaker, yes!, OUT and L.A. Confidential. His workcan be seen in Larry Clark’s limited edition retrospective “Punk Picasso,” and Peter Biskind’s “Down and Dirty Pictures". He is the ‘unofficial-official photographer, the early years’ for his friends band the Scissor Sisters and his pictures appear in the films WTC View by Brian Stone, Zach Shaffer and Steven Saporito’s Squeezebox: The Movie and the upcoming Harvey Weinstein Unauthorized documentary by Barry Avrich. In 2007 he ran the development and production department of HDNet films. As a consultant he has worked with The Tribeca Film Festival, on screenplay analysis, giving notes on cuts of friend’s films and helping less-established filmmakers navigate the film festival waters. He has also done some soundtrack supervision and is a DJ.

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