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Dominating Hollywood: Mark Gantt

If you’ve read even a tiny bit of what NYMM puts out into the universe, you’ve probably caught on to our love of movies and TV. We’re always on the lookout for projects to share with our lovely readers.

Fortunately, I was introduced to Mark Gantt. Mark isn’t just your average good-looking Hollywood dude. His talent isn’t limited in front of the camera; he is also a director and producer. Mark involves himself with projects that not only challenge him creatively, but are borne of heart and passion.

Looks, brains and heart. I still had one major gripe with Mark.

Why would a seemingly cool person choose to live in Los Angeles over New York?

“We’d live in NYC if I wasn’t a f****** actor.”

Ok, I suppose that’ll do. Why did you choose acting as a profession?

I like to perform and entertain people. Initially I chose my career because I enjoyed the attention and bought into the thinking that being famous meant people will love you. But I quickly learned that isn’t true. I love to perform and I want to entertain people.   

You’re the producer for The Night Visitor. What is it about?
It’s a paranormal movie that follows the struggle within a family that is dealing with a child who sees the supernatural. Jennifer Blanc-Biehn came to me and Brianne Davis with this project that she was really passionate about. We rallied people together quickly and shot the entire movie in five days. We had a lot of support behind us and we know we’re going to be able to sell it easily. People took pay cuts because they knew it would pay off on the back end. Paranormal movies are a favorite right now and we know people will love The Night Visitor.

The Night Visitor had financial support, so why do you need a Kickstarter campaign?

We’ve already shot everything, we just need money for post-production. That involves editing, color correction and visual effects. We just need $12,500 to finish. 

No parent wants to say which child is his or her favorite, but what do you love the most: acting, directing or producing?
My dream is to act and direct. The perfect career would be that of George Clooney’s.

In The Program, you play dual roles in acting and producing. Can you give me a little teaser on the project?
It’s about people struggling with their inner demons, literally. Robert Forester is also in it and it’s being produced by Sean Hayes.

We’ll keep an eye out for it. Are you drawn to paranormal or is there a genre you love the most?
I prefer stories that are real, the show true human emotion and struggle. I’m drawn to gritty, dark plots like 21 Grams.

What’s next for you?
We’ve got several film festivals for The Night Visitor, which we’ll be selling in the next six months. I’m also starring in Hidden in the Woods which we’ll shoot in Texas.

So, how big is your crush on New York Minute now?
(Mark spread his arms quite wide) Obviously.

You can keep up with Mark and his projects on his website. Be a pal and help back his Kickstarter campaign here.

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