Director, Post-production & Finance
Mark Stolaroff is the Director of Post Production and Finance for Next Wave Films, a company of IFC Entertainment that provides finishing funds to exceptional, English-language, low budget films from around the world, and finances and executive produces digital features through its production arm, Agenda 2000. Stolaroff's filmmaking career began in the late 70's and early 80's when he shot several Super 8 films in high school instead of writing book reports. A native Texan, Stolaroff received his BBA from the prestigious Business Honors Program at the University of Texas in Austin and minored in Film Production, making several 16mm shorts. After working as a financial analyst in Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, Stolaroff established his own non-profit corporation and formed Curtains Theater, an innovative legitimate theater in Houston focusing on original works by top regional playwrights. Stolaroff produced over 40 plays in four years, including the only Texas production at the 1993 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. During this time, Stolaroff was awarded the Southwest Alternate Media Project's Producer Internship and was a finalist for the Sundance Institute's Mark Silverman Fellowship.
Stolaroff joined Next Wave in April 1997, and is responsible for overseeing the post production and delivery of all of Next Wave's features, as well as supervising the production of all Agenda 2000 projects. He was the Associate Producer of two digital features at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, Some Body and Manic, which both open theatrically in the U.S. in 2002, as well as the award-winning feature Keep The River On Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale, which was released theatrically in 2001. He has given presentations regarding Low Budget Filmmaking throughout the world and has taught film classes at the Maine Film Workshop, the UCLA Extension, and The Learning Annex. With his expertise in digital filmmaking, he has co-written articles for Scientific American, Filmmaker, Sight & Sound, and Film Ireland, and has been the Series Moderator for IFP/West's Digital Filmmaking Series two years running. He has sat on the juries of several film festivals and is on the Advisory Board for the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Film Festival. Before joining Next Wave, Stolaroff worked on several low budget features and shorts as a 1st AD, UPM and Producer. He was the UPM on the Academy Award winning short film My Mother Dreams The Satan's Disciples in New York and more recently produced the award-winning short The Appointment, which is currently playing on the Independent Film Channel and WE (Women's Entertainment).