The Last of the Tribe

Based on a true story, set in the contemporary Amazon, a race against the clock as Brazilian ranchers hunt the last indigenous Indian of an undiscovered tribe.

Screenplay adaptation of the book by Monte Reel.

Production Company: Chockstone Pictures, Hypnotic, Edward Saxon Productions
Director: Yuval Adler
Producers: Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz, Mark Bailey, Edward Saxon, David Bartis

Last Days In Vietnam

Based on a true story, set during the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, American soldiers and diplomats race against time to save at-risk South Vietnamese.

4-part television series; adaptation of the Academy Award-nominated documentary film by Rory Kennedy.

Production Company: Gran Via Productions
Producers: Mark Bailey and Dave Dilley

Flynn Diary

Based on a true story, set during Hollywood’s Golden Era, swashbuckling movie star Errol Flynn flees showbusiness and journeys to the heart of the Spanish Civil War.

Production Company: Big Kid Productions
Director: David Dobkin
Producers: Edward Saxon, David Dobkin, and Mark Bailey

The Poison Kitchen

Based on a true story, set in 1920s Munich, brave reporters from the Munich Post fight against Hitler and the rise of the Nazi party.

Screenplay adaptation of the book Explaining Hitler by Ron Rosenbaum.

Studio: Constantin Film
Director: Robert Schwentke
Producer: Margo Klewans

Black Panther

Based on the Marvel character Prince T’Challa, leader of the fictional African nation Wakanda.

Studio: Marvel Studios

The Americano

Based on a ture story, set during the Cuban revolution, small-time Ohio gangster William Morgan becomes a hero fighting for freedom in Cuba’s revolution.

Screenplay adaptation of the book by Aran Shetterly. 

Studio: New Line Cinema
Director: Robert Schwentke
Producer: Edward Saxon

Coming Through Slaughter

Based on a true story, set in turn-of-the-century New Orleans, legendary cornet player Buddy Bolden invents jazz, but loses his mind in the process.

Screenplay adaptation of the novel by Michael Ondaatje.

Producer: Paul Maslansky

The Zenith Man

Based on a true story, small town Georgia lawyer McCracken Poston fights to redeem himself by defending a reclusive older man charged with murder.

Studio: New Line Cinema
Producer: Dan Cogan

Four and Twenty Blackbirds

Based on a true story, set during the 1950s Red Scare, newsman Edward R. Murrow teams up with a young Air Force Lieutenant to take down Senator McCarthy.

Screenplay adaptation of the book To Strike at a King by Michael Ranville.

Production Company: Wildwood Enterprises, Longfellow Pictures.
Producers: Robert Redford, Andy Karsch, Karen Tenkoff

Mark Bailey writes screenplays, documentaries, and books.

Bailey has written feature screenplays for numerous studios and independent production companies including: Marvel Studios, New Line Cinema, Showtime Pictures, Constantin Film, Chockstone Pictures, Killer Films and Wildwood Films.

Bailey is presently working for Chockstone Pictures on the feature adaptation The Last of the Tribe. Based on the book by former Washington Post reporter Monte Reel and set in the Brazilian Amazon, the film focuses on a washed-up former Chicago cop who finds himself in the middle of the struggle to save one lone Indian — the last of his tribe — from the corporate interests trying to kill him. 

In addition to his scripted work, Bailey also writes documentary films. During the last ten years, his films have been broadcast on HBO, PBS, Lifetime, Court TV, and The Learning Channel.  

Bailey recently finished the Academy Award nominated documentary feature Last Days in Vietnam for PBS/American Experience. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was distributed theatrically by Landmark Theaters. For his work on Last Days in Vietnam, Bailey was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Writing and a Writers Guild Award for Best Documentary Screenplay. He lost both times.

Previously, Bailey had been nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing (Pandemic: Facing AIDS, 2004, and Ethel, 2013). He lost on those occasions too. In 2013, Bailey actually won a Humanitas Prize for Documentaries (Ethel). Bailey was truly honored to win an award intended to promote human dignity, meaning, and freedom. He used the prize money to buy a massage chair from Brookstone.

To date, Bailey has published five books (including a children’s book). Three of his books have been illustrated by his very talented friend Edward Hemingway. He is presently editing an anthology of immigrant stories, Nine Irish Lives, to be published by Algonquin Books in March, 2017.

Bailey lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their three children.


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Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton

TAKE EVERY WAVE: The Life of Laird Hamilton
2017

Premiere, 2017 Sundance Film Festival 

The remarkable story of an American icon and innovator who changed the sport of big wave surfing forever. Capturing a lush, violent and awe-inspiring world, the film intercuts never-before-seen archival footage with a winter surf season on Kauai where El Niño storm systems threaten to bring the biggest swells in decades. Moving beyond the surf genre, this in-depth portrait of a hard-charging, driven athlete explores the fear, courage, ambition and talent that push a man to greatness—and the cost that comes with it.

Last Days in Vietnam

American Experience/PBS
April, 2015 - Nominated for Academy Award

During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. On the ground, American soldiers and diplomats confront the same moral quandary: whether to obey White House orders to evacuate U.S. citizens only—or to risk treason and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they can.

Awards
Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Choice Award: Best Documentary Film
National Board of Review: 2014 Top Five Documentary
Grand Jury Prize: Sheffield International Documentary Festival
Audience Award: Nantucket Film Festival

Nominated
Academy Award: Best Documentary Feature
Primetime Emmy Award: Oustanding Writing
Writers Guild Award: Best Documentary Screenplay
IDA Creative Recognition Award: Best Editing

Praise
“Masterpiece.”
    —The New Yorker

“Astounding in its immediacy.”
    —Variety

“Both heartrending and inspiring.”
    —Hollywood Reporter

Ethel

HBO
October, 2012

A personal portrait of Ethel Kennedy’s political awakening, the life she shared with her husband Robert F. Kennedy, and the years following his death when she raised their eleven children on her own. Intimate, Funny and deeply moving, Ethel offers a rare look inside a political dynasty strengthened by family bonds, a compassion for others, and a wisdom forged from both hardship and triumph.

Awards
Winner
Humanitas Prize: Documentary Writing 
Gracie Allen Award: Outstanding Director
Audience Award: Nantucket Film Festival
Audience Award: Sarasota Film Festival
Audience Award: Bend Film Festival
Audience Award: Rincon International Film Festival
Audience Award: Ashland Film Festival

Nominated
Primetime Emmy: Outstanding Documentary
Primetime Emmy: Best Directing
Primetime Emmy: Best Writing
Primetime Emmy: Best Editing
Primetime Emmy: Best Cinematography

Praise
“A moving, highly enjoyable, thoroughly absorbing portrait” 
    —LA Times

“Inspiring”
    —Hollywood Reporter  

 "A uniquely vivid lens, recounting history from the inside out.”
    —Vogue

The Fence (La Barda)

HBO
September, 2010

The Fence examines the construction of the 700-mile fence along the troubled 2000-mile-plus border between Mexico and the United States. From Border Patrol guards, to ranchers, to environmentalists, and voices from both sides of the American immigration controversy, the film investigates the impact of the project, revealing how its stated goals have sometimes given way to unforeseen, even absurd consequences.

Awards
Nominated
IDA Award: Distinguished Short Documentary

Praise
“A primer on the human capacity for arrogance and self-delusion” 
    —Daily Beast

“Audience will likely leave the theater shaking their heads, once again, at government folly.”
    —Park Record

“Over 36 infuriating, disturbing, morbidly hilarious minutes.”
    —Hit Fix

Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House

HBO (short)
August, 2008

Helen Thomas, a tour de force in political reporting, covered the White House and every president in it since John F. Kennedy, earning her the nickname “First Lady of the Press.” Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at The White House traces Thomas’ remarkable journey from her modest beginnings as the daughter of illiterate immigrants to the trailblazing journalist who stood up to the most powerful men in the world. 

Praise
“An elegantly understated look at an extraordinary career.” 
    —Variety

“All the more fascinating for not being rose-tinted.”
    —New York Times

“Fabulously entertaining … at times even making us want to get up and cheer.”
    —MinnPost

Ghosts of Abu Ghraib

HBO
February, 2007

Ghosts of Abu Ghraib investigates the abuses that occurred in the fall of 2003 at the Iraqi prison Abu Ghraib and the photographs that remain etched in our national consciousness. Through powerful personal narratives given by the perpetrators, witnesses, as well as victims of the abuse, the film probes the psychology of how typical American men and women came to commit such atrocious acts.

 

Awards
Winner
Primetime Emmy Award: Outstanding Nonfiction Special
Gracie Allen Award: Outstanding Director 

Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award: Outstanding Directing
Primetime Emmy Award: Outstanding Editing
Primetime Emmy Award: Outstanding Sound Editing
Sundance Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize

Praise
“It should be required viewing for all thoughtful citizens.”
    —Hollywood Reporter

“A controlled, candid and remarkably thorough look at all sides of the what happened at that infamous Iraqi prison and why.” 
    —Los Angeles Times

“A potent piece of documentary filmmaking.”
    —Cinematical

A Boy’s Life

HBO
March, 2004

Set in Eupora, Mississippi, where the median household income is under $25,000, A Boy’s Life tells the story of Robert Oliver, a seven-year-old boy whose increasingly violent and disturbing behavior belies his natural intelligence and ability. A verité look into how social services impact American children living in poverty, Robert’s options for help are few. While the sporadic outpatient counseling he receives doesn’t seem sufficient, the alternative is to surrender him to a healthcare system that inspires even less confidence.

Praise
“Achieves unexpected depth and emotional strength.”
    —Boston Herald

“It is difficult to take your eyes off the subjects or their plight.”
    —New York Times

“Pull-no-punches fare.”
    —Salon.com

Pandemic: Facing AIDS

HBO (5-part series)
June, 2003

Pandemic: Facing AIDS is a multi-faceted project that includes a feature-length documentary, a five-part series, a 42-minute educational film, twenty minute policy maker’s version, and five Public Service Announcements. Behind the terrifying statistics lie the stories of millions of people, five of whom Pandemic follows, in their different communities around the world, using their personal experiences to connect audiences to the heartache and triumph of living with AIDS.

Awards
Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award: Outstanding Writing
Primetime Emmy Award: Outstanding Music Composition

Praise
“The subject matter is handled with the utmost sensitivity, and the message hits home with authority” 
    —Variety

“A fresh, harsh light on AIDS”
    —Washington Post

“An honest-style of filmmaking that eschews the typical documentary form.”
    —Interview

American Hollow

HBO
November, 1999

American Hollow tells the story of the Bowlings, a clan of over sixty family members living in a one-mile hollow tucked up in Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains. Largely untouched by the rapidly developing world around them, the Bowlings are proud homeowners with a deep regard for family. But as decreased welfare spending and scarce job opportunities jeopardize the region’s future, we come to see what is lost and what is gained in the struggle to maintain centuries-old traditions.

Awards
Winner
AFI Fest
Chicago International Film Festival
Newport International Film Festival
Atlanta Film Festival

Nominated
Independent Spirit Award: Truer Than Fiction Award
Primetime Emmy Award: Outstanding Nonfiction Special
Sundance Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize

Praise
“A richly atmospheric movie.”
    —New York Times

So much heart and such a level gaze, without slipping into the trap of condescension”
    —Interview Magazine

“A full and realistic portrayal that shatters stereotypes.”
    —Philly.com

Of All the Gin Joints

Algonquin Books
September, 2014

Illustrated by Edward Hemingway

Bailey has pillaged the Hollywood vaults of history from the frontier days of silent film up to the psychedelic 1970s to dig up the true—and often surprising—stories of seventy of our most beloved actors, directors, and screenwriters. Edward Hemingway’s stylized portraits complete this spirited look at America’s most iconic silver-screen legends and the decadent, alcohol-soaked world of Hollywood fame and fortune. 

Bite-size biographies are followed by ribald anecdotes, memorable quotes, and favorite cocktail recipes. Outrageous stories about film sets drenched in booze (From Here to Eternity, The Misfits, Apocalypse Now) are paired with the legendary watering-holes of the day and their signature drinks, like Musso & Frank’s Martini, Don the Beachcomber’s Zombie, and Café Trocadero’s Vendome Special Sling. 

A real treat for film history buffs and mixologists, Of All the Gin Joints is an invitation to Tinseltown—the glamorous party scene and the drinking that made it shine.

Praise
“This book is like being at the best dinner party in the world. And, I thought I was the first person to put a bar in my closet. I was clearly born during the wrong era.” 
    —Chelsea Handler

“The perfect cocktail of a book: sweet enough to go down easily, sour enough to cleanse the palate, and strong enough to leave you giddy. When I finished I still wanted more!”
    —Walter Kirn

“Booze it up with F. Scott! Roll one with McQueen! In Of All The Gin Joints, you can experience the true measure of showbiz debauchery without the annoying side effects of divorce, death or unfulfilled potential!”
    —Rob Lowe

“One part cinematic history, one part Hollywood weirdness, one part handy bar guide, with a dash of romance and more than a few wry twists. Bailey and Hemingway prove themselves very entertaining cultural mixologists.”
    —Sam Lipsyte

Tiny Pie

Running Press Kids
May, 2013

Co-written by Michael Oatman
Illustrated by Edward Hemingway
Recipe by Alice Waters

Little Ellie the elephant is the only kid at a grown-up party. No one is paying any attention to poor Ellie, and she can’t reach the food! Why must everything be for big people?

Then to Ellie’s surprise, she discovers a little chef mouse inside a hole in the wall, and he’s filming a cooking show! Ellie can see that his sharp senses are key ingredients for a successful tiny pie. Will this be the perfect snack that’s just her size?

As an added treat, Alice Waters has contributed a delicious tiny apple pie recipe perfect for little hands (and big appetites)!

Praise
“Funny, beautiful, and heartwarming. You must make tiny pie after reading this.”
    —Maira Kalman

“An adorable journey through the five senses. And theirs pie!”
    —Nancy Tillman

“Charmingly illustrates that if we follow our hearts, we’ll never be too small for big dreams.”
    —Maria Shriver

Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide to Great American Writers

Algonquin Books
October, 2006

Illustrated by Edward Hemingway

In this entertaining homage to the golden age of the cocktail, writer Mark Bailey and illustrator Edward Hemingway present the best (and thirstiest) American writers, their favorite cocktails, true stories of their saucy escapades, and intoxicating excerpts from their literary works. 

When Algonquin Round Table legend Robert Benchley was asked if he knew that drinking was a slow death, Benchley took a sip of his cocktail and replied, “So who’s in a hurry?” Hunter S. Thompson took Muhammad Ali’s health tip to eat grapefruit every day; he just added liquor to the mix. Invited to a “come as you are” party, F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, arrived in their pajamas ready for their cocktail of choice: a Gin Rickey.

Forty-three classic American writers, forty-three authentic cocktail recipes, forty-three telling anecdotes about the high life, and forty-three samples of the best writing in literature—Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide to Great American Writers delivers straight-up fun.

Praise
I like everything about this book except that I’m not in it.”
    —Norman Mailer

“Unfailingly informative and by turns harrowing and hilarious.”
    —William Styron

“A bracing cocktail of wit, anecdote, and practical knowledge. I’m keeping one copy by the bed and one by the bar.”
    —Jay McInerney

“Civilization finally has a book that makes you want to both drink and read!”
    —Sebastian Junger

American Hollow

Bullfinch Press
November, 1999

Based on the documentary by Rory Kennedy
Photographs by Steve Lehman
Interviews by Mark Bailey
Forward by Robert Coles

A poignant family epic and an extraordinary portrait of a near-extinct way of life, American Hollow profiles the Bowling family and its seven generations in Appalachia.

Created as a companion volume to a 90-minute feature HBO documentary by Rory Kennedy, American Hollow is a fascinating oral and visual history of the Bowling clan of Kentucky, a sympathetic and strength-giving portrait of love and kinship in the face of hard times. Iree Bowling, the clan’s sixty-eight-year-old matriarch, is the narrator of the family’s struggle against poverty. Hanging steadfastly to their land, the Bowlings supplement their government checks by collecting bloodroot and ginseng. Extraordinarily powerful pictures by award-winning photojournalist Steve Lehman lend depth and texture to the story of this American family. The voices of the Bowling clan, their joys and sorrows, are captured in the interviews written by Mark Bailey.

Praise
“Illuminating and unflinching. American Hollow is so moving precisely because it is real. It captures the grace and loveliness of a matriarch who in every venue endures, and shows that, at every juncture where violence is bred and fertilized, there is hope for an antidote.”
    —Ashley Judd

“Throughout the sensitive portrayal of one family in American Hollow, readers learn of the struggles common to many in Appalachia. This compelling documentary book will spur more attention to a region of America too often neglected.”
    —Sen. John Rockefeller

“In American Hollow, a model of modern documentary—unsentimental but profoundly empathetic, witty while deadly serious—Kennedy brings clarity of vision and quickness of spirit.”
    —Wendy Ewald

The Tibetans: A Struggle to Survive

Umbrage Editions
November, 1998

Photographs by Steve Lehman
Edited by Mark Bailey
Introduction by Robert Coles
Essay by Robbie Barnett

The Tibetans is the first of its kind: a beautiful but disquieting portrait of both the splendor and ruin that mark contemporary Tibet. Award-winning photojournalist Steve Lehman travels beyond the mountain vistas and timeless temples to uncover a different Tibet—a Tibet of lumberyards and uranium mines, of brothels and discos, of demolished temples and burned-out police stations. Documented over a ten-year period, Lehman's thoughtful and empathic photographs make real the grave beauty of this culture torn by political conflict.

Unflinching images explore the critical issues: cultural assimilation, human rights abuse, environmental degradation, and religious persecution. Extensive quotes and oral histories culled from hundreds of interviews with Tibetans augment the evocative color images, along with Tibetan ephemera, maps, propaganda, and religious iconography, adding texture and insight to this finely crafted monograph.

Awards
National Press Photographs Association:
Book of the Year
Cri de Coeur Award: Best Book

Praise
“Sadly, it is now almost forty year since I last saw my homeland, but the pictures in this book, The Tibetans, vividly reveal how much has changed in Tibet under the Chinese rule. And yet, the unbroken Tibetan spirit also shines through.”
    —Tenzin Gyatso, The Dalai Lama

“A stirring photographic essay which gives texture and grit to the reality of life in Tibet. A timely reminder of the ongoing ecogenocide and obliteration of Tibetan culture in its painful recent history under the Chinese.”
    —Peter Matthiessen

“Steve Lehman’s book, The Tibetans, is essential in helping us to piece together the recent events in Tibet. For me, these photographs and text captures Tibet’s vibrant culture and history and succeeds in communicating the situation in Tibet today.”
    —Philip Glass 

Courts Illustrated:
Surf, Sand, and Supreme Court Justices

Brown Trout Publishers
Created by Mark Bailey, 2016

It seems like everyone is a lawyer—or at least knows one! So put your tongue in your cheek and chuckle along, as bikini-clad babes are replaced by United States Supreme Court Justices. In today's world, the whole nation watches Supreme Court headlines with feverish intensity, and now it's time to offer America some laughs. Is your husband a lawyer? Did your daughter pass the bar? Along with hilarious photographs, you'll find real quotes, mini-biographies, and a potpourri of amusing legal tidbits. Fun, funny, and smart, this wall calendar is a must-have for anyone and everyone who likes to laugh.

The Tiny Headed Kingdom

Available Go! Stores nationwide and Calendars.com
Created by Mark Bailey

Nobody knows for certain where the Tiny Headed Kingdom lies. Is it far beyond the seas? Just over the mountains? Maybe right under our noses?

But one day, without explanation and as if by magic, the strangest animals began to appear, like balloons or lollipops or birthday cakes or other fun things that are mostly round. 

The animals had tiny heads and great big hearts. And as everyone soon discovered—all they wanted to do was hug.

Tiny heads. Big Hearts.

Praise
“I sat in so much traffic today to get to him but omg it was worth it because I got the last tiny headed bear in my part of Jersey!!!” 
  —Jordan