Mark received his B.A. in Performance Studies and his M.A. in Theatre/Arts Marketing and Management at Northwestern University/Kellogg School of Management. He also received his J.D. from Loyola University, Chicago and is currently licensed to practice law in New York and Illinois.
Vadik was first recognized as one of the America’s “aspiring under-ground writers” in the early 90s when his poetry was featured on “60 Minutes”. Having directed and produced numerous theatrical productions for over 15 years, Vadik’s last stage play (“R3 – A Gothic Tale” – an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard III) was performed at The Bailiwick Arts Center in Chicago, and was named as “One of the top 10 Must Sees” for the 2004 Theater season in Chicago by Windy City Times. The Chicago Tribune has favorably compared his work and style with Sir Peter Brooks of the Royal Shakespeare Partnership of London and Robert Falls, Artistic Director of Chicago’s Goodman Theater.
“The Thirsting” marked Vadik’s writing and directorial debut in feature film. The movie, released world-wide in 2006 via Cinema-Vault Releasing, received critical acclaim amongst genre fans, garnered Vadik favorable reviews and established him as one of the “up and coming new director/writers in horror”.
“Best Director” – Chicago Horror Film Festival
Following on the success of his first genre film, Vadik recently completed “Cyrus: Mind of A Serial Killer”. Released in Australia in May 2010, the movie immediately jumped to #11 on that country’s all time favorite “R” rated movie list (sitting comfortably between #10, “Requiem for a Dream” and #12 “Boon Dock Saints”). The movie has been deemed a seminal film in the psychological/thriller genre along with such immortal films as “M” and “Psycho”. Along with winning such awards as “Best Director” at the Chicago Horror Film Festival, Eerie Film Festival and Crypticon and “Best Feature Film” at the Atlanta Horror Film Festival, the movie has received numerous nominations, including Gorezone Magazine (the world’s largest genre based periodical) nominating the film for “Best Thriller 2010” (Vadik received a “Best Director” nomination as well). The movie was released world-wide by Anchor Bay Entertainment in June, 2011.
Vadik’s latest horror film, “House of the Witchdoctor”, (Producer) which is an homage to such 70s sploitation films as ”I Spit on Your Grave” and Wes Craven’s ”Last House on the Left”.The film stars Leslie Easterbrook, Bill Moseley and Dyanne Thorne. The film was released domestically and internationally by Breaking Glass Entertainment (2014).
“Best Feature Film” – Atlanta Horror Film Festival
Vadik’s current productions include: “See Know Evil” (Producer) which is a feature length documentary about the life and work of fashion photographer Davide Sorrenti and is currently scheduled to be premiere at DOC NYC in 2018 and “A Chance in the World” (Writer, Director) which opened on 700+ screens nationally on May 30, 2018 and will be released on PPV December 1, 2018.
Expanding his filmography to include more episodic projects, Vadik produced and directed the television pilot “Shut Up & Dance” for Mighty Small Pictures, produced, wrote and directed the pilot “Puckheads” and created and “show ran” the satirical weekly news program WFT News America, which began airing nationally in March 2016 for 1 season.