Mark Jonathan Harris is an Academy-Award winning documentary filmmaker, journalist, novelist, and film professor. His subjects have ranged from the Sierra Club to the Peace Corps and from slavery in America to the Holocaust. Among the many documentaries he has written, produced and/or directed are Huelga!, The Foreigners, The Homefront, The Boomer Century (1946-2046), Darfur Now, Spirit of the Marathon, The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing, and Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport.
Harris won Academy Awards for Best Short Documentary for The Redwoods and for Best Feature Length Documentary for The Long Way Home. He was also nominated for an Emmy for a Nonfiction Special for Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives. He has just completed editing the feature documentary, The Defector, which he wrote, directed, and produced, about Victor Kravchenko, the famous Russian defector.
In addition to filmmaking, Harris also writes journalism and fiction. For several years he has been a contributing editor to New West magazine, and he has written articles, essays, and reviews for American Heritage, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post, among others. His short stories have appeared in literary journals, and he has published five novels for children: With a Wave of the Wand, The Last Run, Confessions of a Prime Time Kid, Solay, and Come the Morning, which won the FOCAL Award for the best children's book in 1990.
For over 20 years Harris has taught filmmaking, first at California Institute of the Arts, and since 1983, at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California where he is a distinguished professor. From 1990 to 1996 he was the chair of Film and TV Production.