June 4, 1958 |
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter|
Illsley was raised in Santa Rosa, California where he made films as a teen with a Super-8 camera. He graduated from the USC School of Cinema-Television in 1981, where he met and started working relationship with Kevin Reynolds.
Happy, Texas triggered a bidding war that played out at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, with Harvey Weinstein and Miramax beating out other suitors, which included Fox Searchlight, Paramount Classics and New Line Cinema.
He married his wife Jill Zimmerman on September 29, 2001.
- Wallace, Amy. "SUNDANCE: Reports from the film festival.; 'Happy, Texas' Deal Spurs War of Words; Rival bidders bitterly dispute winner Miramax's version of the independent film's sale.", Los Angeles Times, January 29, 1999. Accessed January 29, 2008.
- Mark Illsley - Biography