Arts Hall of Fame
On Friday, April 24 at the Alumni Spring Fling, Mark Mori was inducted as the second member of the St. Johns Arts Hall of Fame. Graduating in 1967 from St. Johns, Mark was active in many extracurricular activities. He was the Business Manager of the Chalice yearbook staff, the Treasurer of the Student Council, Treasurer of the Senior Class, Honor Court, J-Club, and Surfers (who knew we had a surfers club in 1967!), Saints’ Scroll, Soccer Team, and was awarded the 1967 Citizenship Award. Mark attended Georgia State and the University of Florida in the School of Journalism and Communications. He has his Television Writing Certification through the American Film Institute as well.
Mark's first documentary film Building Bombs had a theatrical release in 1989, was nominated for a 1990 Academy Award, then and was re-released in 1991. Narrated by Jane Alexander, the film documents the Savannah River Plant nuclear bomb factory in Aiken, South Carolina, which was used to make vast quantities of fissile material for the United States nuclear arsenal. The film was also the Earth Day Special on cable channel VH-1 in 1990 and 1991.
Mark was Executive Producer, on the film Blood Ties: The Life and Work of Sally Mann, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1993 for documentary short. He received an Emmy Award in 2000, for the television documentary special, Kent State, the Day the War Came Home that chronicled the events leading up to May 4, 1970 when 63 shots were fired and 4 students killed on the campus of Kent State University. Mark co-produced The Fire This Time, which took an inside look at the Los Angeles riots in 1992. The film was featured at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, and was nominated for the 1995 WGA TV Documentary, Current Events Award. In 2000, Mark Executive Produced and Directed, the investigative TV documentary, The Atlanta Child Murders for Court TV. Mark also founded the production company, Single Spark Pictures, 1996.
In 1997, he produced the first original series for The Independent Film Channel, Raw Footage, hosted by Alec Baldwin.
Mark more recently produced and directed, Bettie Page Reveals All, the authorized documentary film on the life and cultural influence of pin-up model, Bettie Page, released in 2012. It won the Jury Award for Best Feature Documentary at the 2013 Garden State Film Festival. Mark is currently is developing a wellness travel series for PBS and will soon commence a streaming documentary series hosted by Alec Baldwin.
Mark has a 16 year old daughter and lives in New York City where he enjoys the world class culture that the city has to offer.