Mark Kassen to Speak at Wells
Filmmaker, playwright and actor will discuss the ways that innovative ideas and technologies have shaped his approach to the industry.
E. Margie Matthews Filter Hostetter '62 Lecture Room (209), Stratton Hall
Wells College welcomes Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated filmmaker, playwright and actor Mark Kassen for a talk titled “Commonality in Technology, Art, Media and Finance.” Kassen’s lecture will focus the use of technology in his filmmaking career and the ways that his pursuit of innovation shapes his approach to the business. The discussion will take place at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 in Room 209 of Stratton Hall on the Wells College campus. This event is free, and all are welcome to attend.
Kassen holds the lead role in the soon-to-be-released Derrick Borte film “Stars.” He recently starred opposite Chris Evans in the 2011 film “Puncture,” which he produced and co-directed, and has appeared in in numerous films and television shows including NBC’s “The Secret” and “Growing up Brady,” CBS’s “Cybil” and NBC’s “Third Watch.” Kassen’s stage credits include the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” and the off-Broadway production of “Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight.” Kassen has also written and starred in multimedia theatrical plays at the Tiffany Theatre in Los Angeles and Ohio Theatre.
As a producer, writer and director Kassen’s television credits include “The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman” for IFC; “Celebrity Charades,” “Hopeless Pictures” and the Sundance Channel documentary “No Joking.” For film, producing credits include IFC Productions’ “Trigger Happy,” Edward Burns’ “Looking for Kitty” and HBO Films’ “Bernard and Doris.” For the latter, Kassen was nominated for a Golden Globe, Emmy and Producer of the Year Award by the Producers Guild of America.
As the co-CEO of Trigger Street Independent film fund from 2004-2009, Kassen oversaw all aspects of development, production, marketing and finance. He currently sits on the board of directors for the medical technology company Cercacor Laboratories.
This event is presented by Wells College's Susan Wray Sullivan '51 and Pike H. Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneur-in-Residence Jonathan Greene works to bring professionals to campus to give talks related to innovative practices and effective business strategies. Programs and events such as this expand on the business center’s practical coursework with relevant, experience-based information.