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.
He is married to actress and another former NXIVM member who is featured in the HBO docu-series (The Vow), Bonnie Piesse.
Not yet established.
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.
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.
|Born||22nd June, 1965|
|Home City||Johannesburg, South Africa|