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Mark Flagler has worked in the field of video production for 12 years. After graduating with a degree in communications and video production Mark launched himself into his career as a director, producer, cameraman and editor.

With his passion for the outdoors and wildlife Mark took his first job as the lead-cameraman with Wolfsight Productions (North Carolina) where he helped produce a documentary on the Southeastern Red Wolf. To further his video production experience, he took a position with WWAY News Channel 3 (an ABC News Affiliate) as a cameraman and editor where he thrived on the fast paced environment and the thrill of capturing live shots for daily news broadcasts.

Following his stint in news Mark took a position as cameraman and editor for TSG Productions in North Carolina where he shot, produced, directed, and edited local commercials and sporting events, county commissioner meetings, government programs and talk shows.

Mark spent much of his free time traveling cross-country, hiking, and videotaping the outdoors, scenic landscapes, and wildlife in over 30 National Parks. He has leased stock footage to Discovery Channel (Animal Planet) and Endangered Species Productions, to name a few.

In 2001, Mark hiked the 2,168-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. During the six-month hike, he plotted the documentary he would later produce about this world famous hiking trail.

With his great variety of experiences Mark finally decided to branch out on his own. Hence Flagler Films was born. Mark regularly takes his camera on his outdoor adventures: backpacking, rock climbing, hiking, mountaineering, canoeing, road biking, snowshoeing and skiing. He was a member of Portland Mountain Rescue where he assisted on above tree-line rescue missions in Oregon's Cascade Mountain Range. He also shot a rescue re-enactment for the Discovery Health Channel.

In 2003, he returned to the Appalachian Trail to document the historic footpath and the thru hiker journey. The inspiring and original two-hour program titled Appalachian Impressions-Hiking the Appalachian Trail was completed in 2004. This award-winning documentary has been seen on 96 PBS stations across the US reaching 46% of the country. The success of Appalachian Impressions has inspired Mark to complete a Television and DVD Series about the Triple Crown of Hiking.

After spending two years securing funds and sponsors, Mark returned to the backcountry in 2006 to capture the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) on film. He spent over 6 months hiking and videotaping the 3,100-mile CDT. The feature length program, titled Walking the Great Divide A Journey Along the Continental Divide Trail, takes you from Mexico to Canada along the backbone of America. The two-hour documentary was completed in January 2008 and is now available for purchase.
In 2007, Mark teamed up with his sister Laura Crowell and Ready!Set!Grow! Entertainment to produce a TV program and interactive children's DVD titled Hard Workin' Wheels. This 30-minute educational program was completed in 2008 and introduces children to the sights and sounds of fire trucks, dump trucks and tractors hard at work in your neighborhood.

Mark moved his operations across the Atlantic to the country of Ireland where he, his wife and daughter live just outside Dublin in Celbridge, Co. Kildare.

Mark is currently working on several program ideas and continues his freelance work across the globe. In 2011, Mark is planning to produce an hour-long documentary about the International Appalachian Trail in North America. The program is for PBS television and DVD markets. 

Stay tuned!