Founded by Mark Tchelistcheff, a director, cinematographer and producer based in New York and the founder of Open Films, Inc., an international production company focused on films, documentaries, commercials, multi-media and television content. He comes from an international background, which is the fabric and foundation of his adventurous spirit and is the offspring of an old Russian/German aristocratic lineage. Mark grew up, lived and has worked in such places as Pakistan, Israel, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Germany and the Bahamas. His university years included lectures on law, philosophy, history and film in both Germany and United States following which he spent time in Japan, India, Sikkim, Nepal and Tibet examining and lecturing on Buddhist philosophy and esoteric practices. His other interests include yacht racing, mountain climbing, skiing, literature and great sake, wine and food.
Although his primary work is in film and entertainment, his volunteer work includes sustainable development projects such as with the Women’s Handicraft Center in Khon Kaen, Thailand and with various schools in Nepal. He has lectured on Buddhist philosophy in many countries at universities, temples and private institutions. Mark loves working and sharing in this wondrous art form of the cinematic experience by which people are transported into journeys that transcend origin, language, tradition, politics and religion.
Mark’s commercial work includes directing and producing projects for major corporate clients from Nikon to Microsoft. His latest feature film “CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHER WOMEN” won Helena Bonham Carter the best actress award at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Evening Standard British Film Best Actress Award. Mark has also worked numerous documentary and TV projects including: A&E’s “At with with the Brave”; UNDP’s Equator Initiative; the acclaimed TBS television music legend series “Song To Soul” and a number of NHK documentary specials
The Open Films team includes the one of the best producers today, Paul Shavelson, who has overseen over Fifty Million Dollars of television production and has built an excellent industry reputation for being on time and on budget. However, Shavelson is most proud of executing creative ideas and honoring leadership roles while launching non-derivative, good spirited television.
Our multimedia and web design team is headed by James Kim, coming from a unique background having lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the United States, James' creativity and constant push for perfection while keeping a smile on his face makes him a joy to work with.