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Mark Jonathan Harris

Mark Jonathan Harris

Mark Jonathan Harris is an Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist, novelist and film professor.

After graduating from Harvard College, he started his professional career as a wire service reporter in Chicago, first covering crime for the City News Bureau and then general news for the Associated Press. In 1964 he began making documentaries for the King Broadcasting Company, first in Portland, Oregon, and then in Seattle. In 1973 he and his family moved to Los Angeles.

Among the many documentaries he has written, produced and/or directed are Huelga!, an award-winning film about the first year of the Delano grape strike that was broadcast on NET (1967); The Redwoods, a documentary made for the Sierra Club to help establish a redwood national park that won an Oscar for Best Short Documentary (1968); The Foreigners, a film made for the Peace Corps about a group of volunteers doing community development work in Colombia (1968); The Homefront, a NEH-funded documentary about the social and economic impact of World War II on this country (1985); and The Long Way Home, a film made for the Simon Wiesenthal Center about the period immediately following the Holocaust that won the Academy Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary (1997).

In addition to filmmaking, Harris also writes journalism and fiction. For several years a contributing editor to New West magazine, he has also published articles, essays, and reviews in a number of national newspapers and magazines including TV Guide, American Heritage, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Washington Post. His short stories have appeared in literary journals, and he has published five novels for children: With a Wave of the Wand, The Last Run, Confessions of a Prime-Time Kid, Solay, and Come the Morning, which won the FOCAL Award for the best children's book about California in 1990.

For over 20 years he has taught filmmaking, first at California Institute of the Arts, and since 1983 at the School of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California. From 1990-96 he was Chair of Film and TV Production.

In addition to writing and directing "Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport," he is co-author of the companion book, Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

Mark Jonathan Harris Facts

OccupationDirector, Journalist

Selected Filmography

The Long Way Home
Into the Arms of Strangers
Simon Wiesenthal Collection
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