Hello! My name is Mark Dixon and I created Blue Lens right here in Pittsburgh, PA to embody my work as a filmmaker, videographer, photographer, and media consultant. I have worked with clients all over Pittsburgh to develop video, photo, and web projects to move them closer to their goals. I particularly enjoy taking headshot photographs and doing documentary film work, and that means I'm also well equipped to capture events with my video and audio equipment. I am currently expanding my service offerings to include live video streaming online and am looking for courageous clients who would like to experiment with me in this direction. Blue Lens, LLC offers high quality visuals, great pricing, exceptional customer service, and friendly collaboration for any of your media projects. It would be my pleasure to work with you.
Mark graduated from Stanford University in 1997 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He started his technology career in Silicon Valley and worked for two start-up companies, including Akimbo Systems, where he managed the deployment of nearly 10,000 programs for its Internet video service. A citizen of the world, he lived on three continents and visited 26 countries, particularly enjoying a year in Tokyo, Japan. Mark also entertained audiences on stage with choral and solo performances of jazz, comedy, gospel, opera, and classical music as well as improv and musical theater.
As evidence for global warming and resource depletion moved into prominent view on an international scale, Mark decided to refocus his life on tackling those issues, launching YERT – Your Environmental Road Trip in 2006 with his college buddy, Ben Evans. Mark (as Producer) and Ben (as Director) ultimately created a feature film documenting the YERT adventure, which has been enthusiastically screened by dozens of film festivals, colleges, and community groups around the world. The YERT project has been featured in notable press outlets including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Huffington Post, the National Catholic Reporter, and Pittsburgh’s own City Paper. YERT has also earned numerous awards, most notably Audience Awards at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival and the Environmental Film Festival at Yale. YERT – Your Environmental Road Trip was picked up for distribution in the U.S. and Canada by First Run Features and continues to screen around the world. Distribution outlets include Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and YERT.com.
In 2011, Mark received PennFuture’s “Citizens Choice Green Power Hero” award for his work on the YERT film and was recently featured in the cover story for the Spring 2014 edition of Bridge to Light magazine. Mark is currently working on several environmental film projects, including the recently completed documentary film about Rachel Carson, "The Power of One Voice: A 50-Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson," not to mention multi-year documentations of the Green Building Alliance’s Inspire Speakers Series and Green Schools Academy, and the South Side’s Schwartz Living Market renovation to Living Building standards. He also leads the New Economy Working Group’s “Mapping Project” at the Thomas Merton Center, working with students and volunteers to document the diverse array of organizations building a sustainable, cooperative, and socially just economy. Mark also joined the board of the Thomas Merton Center in 2014.