CFF EXCLUSIVE: SAC FILM OPENS NATION-WIDE TODAY
The film is called Apparition. It opens wide Friday, Dec. 27th and only CFF has the exclusive interview with one of the film's producers. For years many Northern Californians have know Mark S. Allen as a beloved DJ and TV host. What many do NOT know is that Mark has become quite an accomplished filmmaker with at least 4 titles under his belt and a newly minted membership in theProducer's Guild of America. A few years ago CFF honored Mark as a member of our California Film Hall of Fame. The following year we honored his co-producer, Howard Burd.
Now, with their latest production, Apparition set to open wide today (December 27th), we caught up with Mark to talk about his amazing journey.
CFF: Mark, watching your transformation from accomplished TV host to accomplished producer has been truly awe-inspiring. When did you 1st become interested in filmmaking and how?
MARK: When I was 7 years old I saw a news segment on how stop-go-animation was created and immediately grabbed my dad’s 8mm camera (yes this was even before super8mm) and began making movies. One frame at a time. Countless hours to get 50 feet, three minutes of film. At 12 I made a friend who was also making stop-go and we transitioned to live action. I landed a job in radio while I was in high school and ended up launching that direction....never dreaming that my love of making movies would be on the table again.My broadcast career interestingly enough always leaned toward movies. Most of my syndicated coverage was about movies, and I’d have none of the Emmy Awards- if not for movie based tv shows.