Mark Street (born October 31, 1963 in Beloit Wisconsin) makes films ranging from abstract 16mm hand-manipulated pieces to feature-length improvised narratives. He is also a street photographer (both still and film/video) and some of his photographs are collected in the book 100 Sides of a Sphere (available from Printed Matter). Mark likes to work the surface of film to create rich visuals which he shapes in a very intuitive, personal way. Since he started making films in 1983 he’s always gone back to painting, bleaching and marking frames one-by-one; he’s exhilarated by this tactile relationship with film material. In 2015, he created the Celluloid Series, a collection of 20 variable size prints scanned from 35mm film that's been eroded by time and abrasive materials. He also has immersed himself in various communities and attempted to represent the tensions and resonances of those locales. “Hasta Nunca” (2012) is a feature-length improvised narrative film shot in Montevideo, Uruguay. “Oiltowns” (2017) is a documentary about the oilfields of Western North Dakota. In addition to presenting at film festivals (Sundance, New York, Sarajevo, Tribeca, San Francisco, London), Mark has also exhibited video installations in galleries, including Court Tree Collective’s “Still Here” (2014) and the New York Film-Makers’ Cooperative’s “A Train Ride Can Be a Tracking Shot” (2016) as well as at the School 33 Art Center in Baltimore. Mark has also had musicians accompany his films at various venues including Downtown Community Television (DCTV), Issue Project Room, Galapagos Art Center and Hallwalls. He teaches film and videomaking and is Program Director of the Visual Arts Department at Fordham University.
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