Mark Stolaroff is an independent producer and a founding partner of Antic Pictures, an LA-based production company producing a slate of low budget, high quality digital features. Stolaroff recently completed principal photography on Henry Barrial’s "DriverX," a drama starring Patrick Fabian. This is his fifth collaboration with Barrial. Their previous film, "The House That Jack Built," which premiered at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival and has since won 8 awards, will be released theatrically on Nov. 6, 2015 through Vega Baby. Their prior film was the micro-budget sci-fi feature "Pig," which was an official selection at over 35 film festivals worldwide, winning 10 awards, including 7 Best Feature awards. It was released domestically by Kino Lorber in 2014. With Ron Judkins, Stolaroff produced Barrial's second feature, "True Love," which was developed in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and was a hit on the festival circuit. Stolaroff was also a consulting producer on Meera Menon’s "Farah Goes Bang," which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, winning the Nora Ephron Award. Other projects include: The "Trouble With Men And Women," (2006, Associate Producer); the feature documentary "Paper Chasers," (2005, Co-Producer); Barrial’s "Some Body" (2002, Associate Producer); "Manic," starring Don Cheadle, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and Zooey Deschanel (2001, Associate Producer); "Keep The River On Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale" (2000, Associate Producer), and others.
Stolaroff was formerly a principal of Next Wave Films, a company of The Independent Film Channel that provided finishing funds to exceptional, low budget films; and through its production arm Agenda 2000, financed and executive produced digital features. Included in Next Wave's 13 films are Christopher Nolan's first feature, "Following"; Joe Carnahan's first feature, "Blood, Guts, Bullets, & Octane"; Amir Bar Lev's first feature "Fighter;" the Academy Award-nominated documentary "Sound And Fury;" and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning documentary "Southern Comfort." In all Next Wave took seven films to Sundance and five to Toronto; nine were released theatrically in the U.S. and two premiered on HBO.
Stolaroff is considered an expert in micro-budget filmmaking and is the founder of No Budget Film School, a unique series of classes specifically designed for the no-budget filmmaker. Stolaroff has lectured on low budget and digital filmmaking throughout the world and at many of the major film festivals. He has written for Scientific American, Filmmaker, Sight & Sound, Film Festival Reporter, Film Arts Magazine, and contributed to the recent books Be The Media and The Reel Truth.
Stolaroff's background also includes two years in Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, and five years as the Managing Director of Curtains Theater, an innovative legitimate theater he founded in Houston. 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, directing several 16mm shorts.
Name: Mark Stolaroff
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Company: Antic Pictures
House That Jack Built: Best Director - Queens World FF
House That Jack Built: Audience Award - Queens World FF
PIG: Best Sci-Fi Feature - Phoenix Film Festival
PIG: Best Feature - Athens (Greece) Sci-Fi
PIG: Best Director - Athens Sci-Fi
PIG: Best Screenplay - Athens Sci-Fi
PIG: Best Editing - Boston Sci-Fi
PIG: Best Sci-Fi Feature - World Science Fiction Convention
PIG: Best Feature - Sci-Fi-London
PIG: Best Sci-Fi Feature - Shriekfest
PIG: Best Feature - Thriller! Chiller!
PIG: Best Sci-Fi Feature - Shockerfest
Farah Goes Bang
Film by Meera Menon (director) Consultant, Post Prod Supervisor
The House That Jack Built
Film by Henry Barrial (director) Producer
Film by Kino Lorber Producer
The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)