Writer / Director / Producer / Executive Producer
Father. Filmmaker. Mark is a multiple award winning writer/director and a Paul Verhoeven scholarship winner. He has worked as a development and production executive at Paramount Pictures, David Foster Productions, and more, and has been a professional filmmaker for nearly 20 years.
Mark founded North of Two because he believes that filmmakers deserve good partners. Raised in northern Minnesota – north of U.S. highway 2 – where it’s colder, harder, and further from civilization, people must have a substantial work ethic simply to survive. “North of Two” defines the spirit and determination and grit that Mark and his filmmakers have.
Read our FILMMAKER Q&A with MARK CARTIER:
Why did you start North of Two?
Filmmakers deserve good partners.
Why's it called NORTH OF TWO?
I’m from northern Minnesota, north of highway 2… which is essentially “back-woods” — It’s a little colder, a little harder, a little further from civilization and the people have to embrace the hardship and must have a substantial work ethic simply to survive. “North of Two” defines the spirit and determination and grit our films should ooze.
What's your BIG dream with NT?
We are going to be the modern studio.
Why do you make movies?
Because I cannot do anything else.
What story do you want to tell?
The story that we all deal with hardship, but humor and honesty and family and loyalty and empathy are the best tools to deal with whatever the world throws at us.
What do you want to achieve in your craft?
Satisfaction that I didn’t leave anything unsaid.
What would you tell a young person with aspirations to be a filmmaker?
Filmmaking is a lifestyle, not a job. If you can’t miss a family holiday, maybe you aught to take an accounting course.
What do you see as the biggest struggle going forward?
Balancing ambition for success with integrity in story.