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. With Academy Award winner Ron Judkins, Stolaroff produced Barrial’s third feature, True Love, which was developed in the 2003 Sundance Screenwriters Lab and recently played the festival circuit. Other credits include The Trouble With Men And Women, (2006, Associate Producer); Paper Chasers, (2005, Co-Producer), Manic, (2001, Associate Producer); Some Body, (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 AcademyAward-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. He is the founder of No Budget Film School, a unique series of classes specifically designed for the no-budget filmmaker, and his website is regarded as one of the leading filmmaking resources devoted exclusively to the art and science of no-budget filmmaking. 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.
Alex Cutler’s career spans three decades of media administration, film production, andteaching. He began his media career at Republic Pictures while attending UCLA’s MFAproducer program and Southwestern University Law School, eventually leaving Republicto join his new wife in Australia. He quickly established himself in Sydney, where heworked for Australia’s two largest production companies, Grundy Television and HoytsTheatres, both with extensive ties to the U.S. and Europe. While there he was closelyinvolved in many of the country’s best known film and television productions, includingColleen McCullough’s An Indecent Obsession, Burke and Wills directed by GraemeClifford and starring Nigel Havers and Jack Thompson, and Simon Wincer’s TheLighthorsemen. Cutler soon embarked on his own producing career, culminating with theproduction of one of the highest profile Australian films of all time, The Delinquents,starring international pop diva Kylie Minogue in her feature film debut. After returningstateside, Cutler temporarily turned away from media and became a distinguishedschoolteacher, administrator, and charter school developer. His years in education werespent working in an urban public school in Long Beach, California, several of LosAngeles’s most prestigious private and independent schools, as well as a stint as one ofthe founding members of a new charter high school. Eager to get back into film as afilmmaker and producer, Cutler is currently finishing a master in media studies at TheNew School in New York, consulting to a youth media nonprofit in New York as a mediaeducator and mentor to other teachers, and working on Pig as a co-producer and residentbusiness affairs manager.