After working in the printing industry for ten years, Mark Lyons returned to college and earned his BFA in Motion Pictures Production from Wright State University. As an independent documentarian, Mark began his directing career with Confrontations: A Film About the Abortion Controversy, which was screened at the Cork, Ireland International Film Festival. Screened on PBS, his subsequent film 1913: The Great Dayton Flood – From Story to Stage documented the process by which real people’s stories became the basis for a play about this historic tragedy.
Over the years, Mark has worked on numerous local films, in many different capacities. Mark’s most recent film, Lest We Forget: Silent Voices, sheds light on how society has treated the mentally handicapped and the profoundly tragic impact this treatment has had on both them and their loved ones. Five years in the making, Lest We Forget was screened at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and is now being distributed by Fanlight Productions.
Mark has also worked on a wide variety of TV and film projects as a field producer, gaffer, and director of photography. Mark is now teaching filmmaking at Wright State University while working on his personal projects – activities which have effected such a profound change in his life that when asked his occupation, he answers: “Filmmaker.”