Mark Jonathan Harris biography

Mark Jonathan Harris

Film director

1941 –

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Who is Mark Jonathan Harris?

Mark Jonathan Harris is an American documentary filmmaker probably best known for his films Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport and The Long Way Home. He has directed three documentaries which have gone on to win Oscars, across three different decades.

Educated at Harvard, Harris co-directed the short The Redwoods for the Sierra Club with Trevor Greenwood; the short won the 1967 Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject. The aforementioned Into The Arms and Long Way Home also landed Academy Awards.

Harris started out as a crime reporter for the Chicago City News Bureau, and reports that on his first story he went into a police station and had his car stolen from in front of it. The police called him a few weeks later to ask if he had found his car. Harris tried investigative journalism next but quit after realizing he did not like to embarrass people.

Harris believes that filmmakers can construct a cinema verite film beforehand by considering repeatable events—that is, by determining which events are likely to recur frequently, and being there to film those events when they do.

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Born
1941
Also known as
  • Mark Harris
  • Mark Jonathan Harris
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Harvard University
  • USC School of Cinematic Arts
Employment
  • University of Southern California

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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