Mark Wexler

Filmmaker and Photographer

Mark S. Wexler is one of America's preeminent documentary filmmakers and an award-winning photojournalist. He is known for producing films that present vivid characters and com ...read more

Mark S. Wexler is one of America's preeminent documentary filmmakers and an award-winning photojournalist. He is known for producing films that present vivid characters and complex relationships with honesty and wit.

Mark has enjoyed a long career as a distinguished photojournalist. His work, prized for its quirky perspective, has appeared in such publications as Time, Life, National Geographic, Smithsonian and The New York Times. He is the recipient of numerous World Press Awards for Outstanding Photojournalism.

Wexler has covered assignments in over seventy countries in the last twenty years. In addition to periodicals, Mark has been a major contributor to eight volumes in the popular Day in the Life book series, covering such diverse locations as Spain, Hawaii, Russia, Japan, Italy, Ireland and America. His work is also prominently featured in the books The Power to Heal, Passage to Vietnam and 24 Hours in Cyberspace. His own book, Hollywood, was published by Random House. Mark's photographs have been exhibited in galleries throughout the world, including the International Center of Photography in New York.

Mark's films have covered subjects as diverse as: identical twins; an irrepressible Jewish matchmaker; Air Force One; his tumultuous relationship with his father Haskell; and his latest film, How to Live Forever, chronicles his curious, lively, and sometimes troubling enquiry into how he might delay or even defeat death. Wexler contrasts the wisdom of centenarians, advice of longevity experts, and tips from exercise gurus against the surprising insights of funeral directors and food critics. Begun as a study in life-extension, the film evolves into a thought-provoking examination of what truly gives life meaning. The New York Times called it “Engaging…remarkably spry and lighthearted.” USA Today said it was, “Funny, rewarding and moving.” Roger Ebert called it, “A documentary of amazing complexity. Ferociously alive.”

Wexler's longstanding interest in aviation and travel has led him to spend much of his life on planes - USA Today called him a "mileage maniac" and The Washington Post referred to him as "our latter day Phineas Fogg". When not in the air, Mark enjoys swimming, drinking green tea, dinner with friends, hot towels, and a good bargain.

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