Mark Vicente


Vicente is an author, public speaker, filmmaker, cinematographer who was part of the creative team behind the sleeper hit "What The Bleep Do We Know?!"

Date of birth

Mark was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1965.

Early life and Education

Taking his first photograph at age four, he quickly discovered his passion for being behind the camera. After sneaking into TV studios at age 16 and jumping behind cameras (pretending to be a seasoned Camera Operator). He eventually enrolled in Film and Drama school where he specialized in Directing, Cinematography and Theater Lighting Design. After Film School he began working his way up the ranks of the camera department, starting as a Camera Assistant, then an Operator and Steadicam® Operator. He then segued into shooting Music Videos and Commercials as he developed his skills as a Cinematographer.

Love life

He is married to actress and another former NXIVM member who is featured in the HBO docu-series (The Vow), Bonnie Piesse.

Net worth

Not yet established.

Career

His first big break came as Director of Photography on the musical “SARAFINA,” starring Whoopi Goldberg.

In 1992, he set his sights on Hollywood and relocated to Los Angeles to shoot his first studio picture for Disney entitled “FATHERHOOD,” starring Patrick Swayze and Halle Berry.

At the age of 26, he became one of the youngest cinematographers to shoot a big budget studio picture.

Over the next 12 years, he went on to shoot an additional 14 feature films and numerous Documentaries and Commercials.

Mark soon found there were in him, untold stories he desperately wanted to express. He was driven by the conviction that tales of greatness, nobility and introspection could be exciting and financially successful.

Perhaps because of the very obvious iniquities in his native South Africa, he found himself propelled to question certain fundamental assumptions at a very young age. Beliefs about human behavior, cosmology, existentialism and mysticism. Unifying his love of science, philosophy and film-making, Mark’s dream of creating cinema to inspire and provoke thought began to emerge with the creation of “What the BLEEP do we Know?!”

Deeply moved by the unprecedented violence, taking place in Mexico, Mark completed Encender el Corazon, a film about non-violent protest movements. The film follows a group of concerned Mexicans using community building, and non-violent protest to recover the hearts, minds and homes of those who have been deeply affected by the fear of kidnapping, robbery and gang violence.

Always on a search to find new and revolutionary ways to raise awareness through film, he is currently developing “Bending Time”, a Sci-Fi thriller packaged with a VR and biofeedback video game and the Sci-Fi drama "Terra Antiquis”. Mark is always on the lookout to collaborate with others who share his love of story-telling and the examination of what it means to be human.

His resume indicates that he is the producer and director for Coercion: The Invisible Weapon, a documentary set for release in 2021.

Filmmaker Mark Vicente, is heavily featured in the documentary series, The Vow (2020) as a whistleblower whose goal is to expose the truth behind NXIVM. Vicente is a former member of the cult-like organisation.

“The Vow” portrays the cult members as intelligent, idealistic people, breaking the stereotype of a cult leader going after people with vulnerabilities or insecurities. Vicente told Vanity Fair, “People have said, ‘Oh, so you must’ve been broken in some way.’ And I was like, ‘No, my life was amazing, my career was amazing. I was having huge breakthroughs.’”

He said it’s been difficult for him to move on from his experiences as NXIVM due to its longlasting emotional impact. He told the outlet it took time for him to believe in people and the good of people, and he’s more cautious than he was.

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Mark Vicente
First Name Mark
Surname Vicente
Born 22nd June, 1965
Home City Johannesburg, South Africa
Current City