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Mark Suozzo

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Mark Suozzo's music can be heard in feature films, documentaries, television, commercials and recordings. His broad pallette of styles and musical colors have enhanced a number of award-winning films. Best known as the composer on Whit Stillman's films, Metropolitan, Barcelona and The Last Days of Disco, he has scored documentaries as well, including the award-winners Off The Menu-The Last Day's Of Chasen's, Jan Oxenberg's Thank You and Goodnight, Oscar nominee Sound and Fury , Sundance 2000 favorite Well-Founded Fear and HBO's The Young and The Dead. Mark scored the Sundance 2003 Grand Jury Prize Winning Good Machine/HBO Independent Film “American Splendor” and the 2003, which has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Adapted Screenplay Category and “Why Can't We Be A Family Again?” by Roger Weisberg and Murray Nossel, which has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Short Documentary Category. Mark scored the Feature Film “The Notorious Bettie Page” starring Gretchen Mol and Lili Taylor, directed by Mary Harron for HBO/Killer Films, which was released on April 14th, 2006. Mark has also scored "The Nanny Diaries" starring Scarlett Johanssen and Directed by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman for a 2007 release. Past projects were "The Senator's Bargain" for HBO Documentaries and Whit Stillman's "Damsels In Distress". Mark also recently scored Whit Stillman's "Love & Friendship".

Television credits include music for the Hallmark miniseries Aftershock; The 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta and The 1998 Goodwill Games; for Sesame Street and Nickelodeon's “Eureka's Castle”.

In the recording field, he scored and conducted the strings on Creed's Grammy winning number one song, "With Arms Wide Open." He has contributed arrangements to recording artists Trickside, Aretha Franklin, Britney Spears, The Back Street Boys, N*Sync and Joe. 

Mark moonlights on guitar with his little big band in New York City, where he lives with his wife Karen and their two children.
 

CREDITS:

FEATURE FILMS

Love & Friendship (Blinder Films) 
Directed & Written by Whit Stillman from a short story by Jane Austen.

Damsels In Distress (Westerly Films) 
Directed, Produced & Written by Whit Stillman

The Senators' Bargain (HBO Documentary Films) 
Directed and Produced by Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini

The Nanny Diaries (The Weinstein Company) 
Produced by Film Colony with a wide release through MGM; Directed by Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini ("American Splendor" & "Off The Menu"). Featuring Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, & Alicia Keys.

The Notorious Bettie Page (HBO Independent Films) 
Produced by HBO Films & Killer Films with a wide release through Picturehouse/New Line; Directed by Mary Harron ("American Psycho" & "I Shot Andy Warhol"). Featuring Gretchen Mol, Lili Taylor and David Strathairn.

American Splendor (Good Machine/ HBO Independent Films) 
Produced by Ted Hope; Directed by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman. Featuring Paul Giamatti and Hope Davis.
Grand Jury Prize Winner - Sundance Festival 2003

Dead By Monday (Snowline Productions/ Roadshow Films) 
Produced by Margrit Ritzmann; Directed by Curt Truninger. Featuring Helen Baxendale and Tim Dutton.

The Last Days of Disco (Gramercy/Castle Rock) 
Produced and directed by Whit Stillman. Featuring Kate Beckinsale, Chris Eigeman, Matt Keeslar, Chloe Sevigny and Burr Steers

Nick & Jane (CFP/Avalanche Releasing)
Produced by Bill McCutcheon III; Directed by Richard Mauro. Featuring DanaWheeler-Nicholson, James McCaffrey and David Johansen

Barcelona (Fine Line/Castle Rock) 
Produced and directed by Whit Stillman. Featuring Tushka Bergen, Chris Eigeman, Taylor Nichols and Mira Sorvino

Metropolitan (New Line) 
Produced and directed by Whit Stillman. Featuring Carolyn Farina, Edward Clements, Chris Eigeman and Taylor Nichols
Academy Award Nomination-Best Original Script
Silver Leopard-Locarno Film Festival
Best Film-Deauville Film Festival
New York Film Critics Circle Award-Best First Film



DOCUMENTARY FILMS

Why Can't We Be A Family Again? (PBS) 
A film by Roger Weisberg and Murray Nossel.
Academy Award Nomination 2003

The Main Stream (PBS) 
A film by Roger Weisberg; Featuring Roy Blount, Jr.

Sound & Fury (Artistic License, PBS/Channel Four) 
Produced by Roger Weisberg; Directed by Josh Aronson
Academy Award Nomination
National Board of Review Award
Official Entrant -Sundance Festival 2000
Official Entrant -New Directors /New Films


Well Founded Fear (POV) 
A film by Shari Robertson/Michael Camerini
Best Docuimentary-3rd Annual New York Docfest
Official Entrant -Sundance Festival 2000


Off The Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's (Cinemax/Northern Arts) 
Produced by Julia Strohm & Alicia Sams; Directed by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman
Best Documentary-The Hamptons Film Festival
Special Jury Award Locarno Festival


Living Proof: HIV and the Pursuit of Happiness (First Run Features) 
Produced and directed by Kermit Cole [co-composed with James Legg] 

Thank You & Goodnight (American Playhouse Films/Aries Film Releasing) 
Produced by James Schamus and Kathie Hersch; Directed by Jan Oxenberg


TELEVISION

Aftershock (Hallmark) 
Produced by Robert Halmi,Jr. [Additional Music]( Mini-series) 

Outward Bound (Discovery Channel)
[Additional Music] (Live action series) 

The Lady With The Torch (Columbia Pictures)
Produced by Joan Kramer; Directed by David Healey; Music by Michael Levine [Additional Music] 

Reba McIntire NBC Thanksgiving Special (NBC TV) 
Produced by Todd Schwartz; Directed by John Smalls [Additional Music] (Variety Show)

Team Player (CTW) 
Produced and directed by Todd Kessler for Sesame Street (Live action short subject)

Gathering Shells, Football, Carnival (Viacom/Nickelodeon)
Produced and directed by Todd Kessler or Nickelodeon's Eureeka's Castle (Live action short subjects)


ORCHESTRATION

Bye Bye Birdie (Hallmark T.V.) 
Music by Charles Strouse/Music Supervised by Irwin Fisch

The Universal Story (Top Hat Productions) 
Music by Michael Levine

Twilight (Paramount Pictures) 
Music by Elmer Bernstein

1998 Goodwill Games (ABC Television) 
"One Voice" performed by Brandy


RECORDED ARRANGEMENTS

Hollywood (Windup Records) 
By Jeff and David Mendelsohn; recorded by Trickside

With Arms Wide Open (Windup Records) 
By Stapp & Tremonti, recorded by Creed
Grammy Winner - Best rock song
2 Grammy Nominations
Number 1, Billboard Hot 100
2 VH1 My Music Awards


Heart (Jive Records) 
By Terren/Wilde, recorded by Britney Spears

I Believe In You (Jive Records) 
By J.Thomas/J.Skinner/B.Robinson recorded by Joe with *NSync

Angel (Arista Records) 
Recorded by Aretha Franklin with K-Ci and Jo-jo


Here's what the press has said about some of Mark's work:

The Hollywood Reporter 1/25/00

"Sound and Fury"

By Duane Byrge

While it's easy to predict which side of the argument the majority of
non-hearing-impaired viewers will take, the filmmakers have not loaded the
deck aesthetically in favor of one particular view. Give special credit...to
composer Mark Suozzo, whose sounds resonate with the pains of silence. 

THR 1/00

"Well-Founded Fear"

By Duane Byrge
Technically, "Well-Founded Fear" is well-rounded, particularly enhanced by
Mark Suozzo's atmospheric and subtle musical score that aptly conveys the
tension and continuity of this unsettling
setting.

INDIEWIRE Friday, Jan 21, 2000
by Peter Byck

Talked about doc, "Well Founded Fear," lived up to it's pre-fest PR. It's an
unsettling look at the asylum-seeking process at the INS. It's great to see a
well-produced, well-shot, well-scored (Mark Suozzo) doc.