About

Mark Toscano is a filmmaker, curator, and film preservationist based in Los Angeles. Since 2003, he has worked at the Academy Film Archive, where he specializes in the curation, conservation, and preservation of artists’ films. He works with the collections of over 100 filmmakers, and has overseen the conservation and preservation of hundreds of films, including work by Stan Brakhage, Barbara Hammer, Chick Strand, Tacita Dean, Penelope Spheeris, the Whitney brothers, Gus Van Sant, Pat O’Neill, Suzan Pitt, Satyajit Ray, the Maysles, Les Blank, Robert Downey, and many others. He has curated and presented programs of archival work at numerous venues, including MoMA, Arsenal, Eye Filmmuseum, Tate Modern, and festivals in Rotterdam, London, Oberhausen, Zagreb, and elsewhere. He is a programmer and board member of Los Angeles Filmforum, an experimental cinema exhibitor. He has lectured at various universities on experimental film and archiving, and teaches the History of Experimental Animation at CalArts. His films, which have shown in a very select scattering of bewilderingly generous venues, are available for rental from Canyon Cinema and Light Cone.

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