Writer-producer-director MARK STOUFFER is winner of 75 international awards, including 2 Emmy Awards, 9 Emmy Award Nominations, and a Directors Guild of America, Best Director Nomination. Stouffer’s extensive production and marketing background began at age 18 in partnership with older brother, Marty Stouffer. With minimal camera gear, the Stouffer brothers hit the road in search of American’s most elusive wildlife. Endangered Species of North America, the award-winning film that resulted from their adventure trips earned its own pavilion at World Expo Spokane where it was seen by millions of viewers. Three decades later, the Stouffer brothers’ first adventures were chronicled in the Warner Brothers $20 million-dollar motion picture created and produced by Mark Stouffer entitled Wild America, starring Jonathan Taylor-Thomas. The movie told the true-life story of the Stouffer brothers as ambitious teen filmmakers. To this day, their first filmed images continue to earn revenue from marketing of their programs, The Predators hosted by Robert Redford, The Man Who Loved Bears, hosted by Henry Fonda, and 132 episodes of their highly successful television series, Wild America, hosted by Marty Stouffer.
In 1975 Mark received a Masters Degree in Cinematography from Brooks Institute and moved into mainstream entertainment, forming a partnership with the most popular recording artist of the era, John Denver. With Mark writing, producing and directing, and John Denver performing, the successful collaboration produced many of John Denver’s highest rated network television Specials, including John Denver’s Rocky Mountain Reunion, John Denver’s The Higher We Fly, and John Denver’s Music in the Mountains with guest stars Steve Martin, Itzhak Perlman, Olivia Newton-John, Beverly Sills and James Galway.
Mark’s first move into feature motion pictures was writing, producing and directing Man Outside in 1985 starring Robert Logan and Kathleen Quinlan. Originally distributed by U.K.’s Virgin Group, MGM and Samuel Goldwyn Company, Man Outside played extensively on HBO and CINEMAX, and was released on DVD by Razor Digital.
In a move displaying savvy marketing skills in partnership with Michael King of King World Productions, Mark Stouffer inspired the formation of King World Direct, earning $57 million in Direct-Response video sales of the Stouffer television series, Wild America.
In the 1990s, Mark undertook a decade of collaboration with National Geographic Television, writing, producing and directing many of National Geographic’s successful Specials, including – Braving Alaska hosted by Martin Sheen – Survivors of the Skeleton Coast hosted by Peter Coyote – Secrets of the Wild Panda – Tigers of the Snow, Nominated for 5 Prime Time Emmy Awards, winning one – Pursuit of the Giant Bluefin – and Search for the Submarine I-52.
Mark’s projects include the action-adventure feature, Wild America, starring Jonathan Taylor-Thomas, released by Warner Bros. – the sci-fi feature, Creature of Darkness starring Devon Sawa and Matthew Lawrence, released by MTI – the comedy feature, Dog Gone, starring French Stewart and Kevin Farley, released by Universal Studios – the family feature, Midnight Stallion, starring Kris Kristofferson, released by Gaiam-Vivendi – Creation 101, currently in production – and the drama, Tiger, Tiger currently in development with Amazon Studios.
Articles on Mark Stouffer have appeared in Forbes, Time, Newsweek, People, USA Today and hundreds of magazines and news publications. Mark has made dozens of national television appearances, including 4 interviews on NBC’s Today Show, and the Internet hosts numerous articles on his work.
Name: Mark Stouffer
Lives in: Santa Barbara, California
Company: Pixella Inc.
Occupation: Director, Producer and Screenwriter
Film by Shamus Murphy (Biography) Producer "Barbareno" is based on a true story about the Santa Barbara Chumash Native American Tribe of the 19th century California frontier era, who fought for their survival against all odds (despite 95% of their population annihilated). Helping them with an "underground railroad" on his Dos Pueblos Ranch for refuge, was Irish immigrant Nicholas Den, who was a rancher and the first medical doctor in Santa Barbara. With the Chumash Indian Tribe almost wiped out due to multiple epidemics and institutionalized slavery, he learned their native language and homeopath medicines to help save lives. Additionally, during the Mexican American War, he treated prisoners of war on both sides, and was given the title "Comandante" of the Santa Barbara Presidio by U.S. Navy Commodore Robert Field Stockton when Santa Barbara was under martial law. Nicholas Den was a pacifist, however, when cattle thieves threatened his 25,000 acre ranch, his Dos Pueblos Chumash Indian workers took up arms to defend Den, in ... Written by Shamus Murphy
Film by Mark Stouffer (Adventure) Director, Producer, Writer
Film by Mark Stouffer (Drama) Director, Producer, Writer Set against a striking backdrop of Siberian Tigers in the Far East, a crashed American pilot is unjustly imprisoned as a spy. Seven years later, he is released to a life of exile and forced to wed a strong, but inwardly scarred, young woman - one of thousands Stalin had cruelly culled from the streets of Moscow and shipped aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway to where they were forced to become wives of hardened prisoners released from the infamous Gulag. As this man and woman struggle to carve out a life together in a hostile and inescapable frontier settlement, their hardened hearts collide, showing no trust or caring for one another - until a powerful Siberian Tiger becomes the force that unites them in love. Written by Amazon Studios - Stouffer Pictures
Apollo F-1 Engine Expedition
Film (short) by Mark Stouffer (History) Director, Producer, Writer, Editor APOLLO F-1 ENGINE EXPEDITION documents the high adventure search over 14,000 feet beneath the North Atlantic Ocean 500 miles off Bermuda for the 8 million-horsepower F-1 rocket engines that launched Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin aboard Apollo 11 to become the first humans ever to step foot on the Lunar surface. This ambitious Expedition was orchestrated and funded by Amazon founder & ceo, Jeff Bezos, who heads a top scientific team of experts aboard a high-tech Norwegian research vessel on this successful search and recovery of artifacts representative of humanity's greatest triumph in space exploration. The premiere screening of this film occurred at THE EXPLORERS CLUB Annual Banquet at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City, where the Apollo Expedition this film documents won THE EXPLORERS CLUB's prestigious Certificate of Merit Award and Flag. Written by Pixella, Inc.
Film by William Dear (Action, Drama and Family) Writer A family adopts a wild horse and enters him in a race.
John Denver: Country Boy
TV Movie by Steve Freer (Documentary, Biography and Music) Miscellaneous Crew A profile of the life and career of singer/songwriter John Denver.
Creature of Darkness
Film by Mark Stouffer (Horror and Sci-Fi) Director, Producer, Writer Andrew is haunted by the nightmare of dying a horrible death in the claw of a rampaging creature. A friend convinces him the only way to conquer imagined fear is to confront it head on. When they invite an adventurous group of off-roaders for radical cycling in remote terrain, no one knows they are being led to the time and place the nightmare unfolds. As sunset plunges them into darkness, the dreadful dream turns real, and they are attacked by the Catcher, a skilled and brutal collector of human specimens for alien science. They are no match for the deft hunter, and it picks its victims, dragging them into an underground catacomb. When Andrew's girlfriend is seized, he confronts the ultimate terror by tracking her into the unknown danger below. In a courageous rescue, they attempt escape, but the vicious visitor has marked them with a scent, and it pursues in an unrelenting attack. Written by Anonymous
Film by Mark Stouffer (Comedy, Family and Fantasy) Director, Producer, Writer A courageous boy battles a gang of bumbling thieves to rescue a dog carrying a fortune in stolen diamonds.
Making of 'Creature of Darkness'
Video by Casey Stouffer (Documentary) Producer A documentary about the making of "Creature of Darkness."
Film by Wolfgang Bayer (Adventure, Documentary, Drama and Family) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Search for the Submarine I-52
TV Movie by Mark Stouffer (Documentary) Director, Producer, Cinematographer
National Geographic Explorer
Television (Documentary) Director A weekly series of short documentary segments funded by the National Geographic Society and done in the style of the National Geographic Specials. In 2003, the show was re-branded National Geographic Ultimate Explorer. A news-style journal format is now used instead of the more traditional format of the specials. Written by Jason A. Cormier <email@example.com> and Douglas Burnette <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Video by Mark Stouffer (Documentary) Director, Producer
Television (Documentary and Family) Cinematographer Documentary series exploring various global wildlife issues and subjects.
Tigers of the Snow
TV Movie by Mark Stouffer Director, Producer, Cinematographer There are only about 300 remaining Siberian Tigers in the wild, restricted to a section of far Eastern Russia, near the coast. Wildlife biologists risk life and limb to track the tiger and research its movements and habits. They sedate the animals so the tigers can be measured and collared. One Russian scientist is shown raising two tigers which he found orphaned as cubs. He keeps the tigers in a cage, then allows the beasts into a fenced forest-like enclosure. The efforts of these scientists are in contrast to those of poachers, who kill the tigers for their pelts, as well as for body parts to be marketed in traditional Chinese medicine. Written by Ken Miller <email@example.com>
Film by Marty Stouffer (Documentary) Camera and Electrical Department
Secrets of the Wild Panda
TV Movie by Mark Stouffer (Adventure) Director, Producer, Cinematographer Scientists research how to save pandas from extinction. A panda and her cub is filmed.
National Geographic Specials
Television (Documentary and History) Director For over 30 years, the National Geographic Society has presented specials on nature, foreign culture, scientific breakthroughs, and things which fall under the general category of "neat stuff." Each special is self-contained. Written by Jason A. Cormier <firstname.lastname@example.org>
TV Movie by Mark Stouffer (Adventure) Director, Producer, Cinematographer A National Geographic documentary that follows the lives of several families and how they make their livings in one of the worlds most extreme climates. Alaska.
Film by Mark Stouffer (Drama and Thriller) Director, Producer, Writer
Television (Documentary and Family) Director, Producer, Second Unit Director or Assistant Director, Actor Series exploring the variety of wildlife found throughout the United States.
John Denver: The Higher We Fly
TV Movie by Mark Stouffer (Music) Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor
John Denver: Music and the Mountains
Television by Mark Stouffer (Music) Director, Producer, Writer, Editor
Rocky Mountain Reunion
TV Movie by Mark Stouffer (Music) Director, Producer, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor
The Man Who Loved Bears
TV Movie by Marty Stouffer (Documentary) Producer True-story documentary detailing the struggle of a man trying to raise a helpless grizzly bear cub named "Griz" in order to return him to the natural Colorado wild.
TV Movie by Marty Stouffer (Documentary) Director, Producer, Writer, Cinematographer
MARK STOUFFER is winner of 2 Emmy Awards (including Outstanding Achievement in Directing), 9 Emmy Award Nominations, a Directors Guild of America - Best Director Nomination, and over 75 international awards.
Brooks Institute (Santa Barbara, CA)