Mark Street Biography


Mark Street graduated from Bard College (B.A) and the San Francisco Art Institute. He has shown work in the New York Museum of Modern Art Cineprobe series (1991, 1994), at Anthology Film Archives (1993), Millennium (1990,1996), and the San Francisco Cinematheque (1986, 1992). He has shown and lectured on his work at Syracuse University, University of Colorado--Boulder, Cornell University, Bard College and Pratt Institute. His films have been shown at the Ann Arbor Film Festival (prizewinner, 1990 and 1993), the Athens Film Festival (prizewinner, 1991 and 1996), the Humboldt Film Festival ("Best of Festival", 1994), the San Francisco Film Festival (honorable mention, 1990), Rotterdam Film Festival (1999) and the Sundance Film Festival (2001). His film Winterwheat was part of the London Filmmaker's Coop traveling exhibition "New American Makers 1980-1989." Sweep (1998) is part of the European Media Arts Festival (Osnabruck, Germany) touring exhibition. In 1991 he received a Film Arts Foundation Personal Works grant to make Missing Something Somewhere. In 2000 he received a Maryland State Arts Council Grant, and in 2003 he received a Jerome Foundation grant.

Mark Street's work ranges from abstract hand-manipulated material to experimental narratives. Each film attempts to investigate new terrain, and he avoids being confined by a specific look or mood. He has made a graphic silent film for three projectors (Triptych, 1992), a diary film (Lilting Towards Chaos, 1991) a documentary about travel in Central America (Excursions, 1994), and a reworking of pornographic footage (Blue Movie, 1994). His 1996 film Why Live Here? explores three charactersÕ relationship to place. Sweep (1998) explores the shimmering world of an infant and father on a neighborhood walk. The Domestic Universe (1999) presents three Brooklyn, NY fathers discussing the vicissitudes of fatherhood as StreetÕs own daughter grows up. Sliding off the Edge of the World (2000) considers the passage of time in a frenetic visual poem. Happy? (2000) also confronts notions of change through street interviews in NYC around Jan.1, 2000. Fulton Fish Market (MOMA screening, March, 2004) considers the teeming urban market from an abstract vantage point.

In 2002 he completed his first narrative feature called At Home and Asea that explores the vagaries of community and place. The film follows a group of young adults in Baltimore as they struggle with conflicting notions of how to live in and around the city.

At present he is at work on Rockaway, an experimental narrative that follows three high school girls in Queens, NY as they celebrate their last night of high school. The film will consider the conflict between the urban and suburban experience played out in the lives of young adults.

He is Assistant Professor of Film in the Visual Art Department at Fordham University-- Lincoln Center.

--M.S.

Collected by Frank Juliano, 2006.

Mark Street