Mark Columbus is a Student Academy Award® finalist for making "Battle of the Jazz Guitarist." His films played at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA), Rooftop Summer Series, Palm Springs Shortsfest, and Vimeo Staff Picks.
He directed "Guests" starring Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket) and Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family) as part of the feature film Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards produced by James Franco, and distributed and theatrically released by Cinedigm in 2017 and Netflix in 2018. He also developed a half-hour TV Pilot with Sundance Lab Artistic Director Gyula Gazdag which played in the Episodic program at the 2017 Nashville Film Festival.
Before directing, he was an editorial assistant for The Onion and assistant at The Weinstein Company. He received an MFA in directing from the UCLA School of Film and Television, and is also a 2015 Film Independent Project Involve Fellow as well as a Sony Picture Television Diverse Directors Program alum.
He is currently in post-production on his first feature, Return of the Jazz Guitarist, based upon his award-winning short, and works freelance, directing and editing trailers and viral videos for clients such as Buzzfeed, Disney and Blizzard.