Mark is educated from Columbia University where he received his MA in 1997. He is triggered by experimental documentary filmmaking, programming, writing and reviewing films. Since 2012 he has been Head of Programming at Festival del Film Locarno, where he engages in programming and research, among other interests. He has, since 1999, been an Editor and Publisher at Cinema Scope Magazine. He also acts as Programming Associate for the Vancouver International Film Festival. His films include Waiting for Sancho (2008), a film he both directed, produced and edited, which has been shown at Jeonju International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, to name a few.
Raya graduated in 2005 from the University of the Philippines Film Institute with a degree in Filmmaking. He has since gone on to create short films and a full-length documentary, of which many have been showed at international film festivals. His short film The Visit (2004) won the Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema at the Cinemanila International Film Festival 2004. His documentary The Island at the End of the World (2005), won Best Documentary at the .mov Film Festival in Manila in 2005, and was later shown at the Yamagata Documentary Film Festival in Japan.
La ultima pelicula
The two main characters, a filmmaker (Alex Ross Perry) and his translator (Gabino Rodriguez, who also serves as his test shoot actor), travel around the Mexican countryside with the idea of making the last movie. They go through different locations imagining scenes from a script, rehearsing and eventually shooting them. The script of the film he is shooting: an American filmmaker wants to give up making films and decides to live in a small town in Mexico. He meets a local prostitute and discovers the simple lives of others. The filmmaker becomes energized again, and prepares to make his last movie. He imagines a film where the lead actor is sacrificed to appease the Gods. The locals see the human sacrifice and think it is real. Everyone panics. Meanwhile, the end of the world is about to happen. But what if the Apocalypse actually happens?