Coolidge Corner Theatre
A lifelong cinephile, Mark landed in Boston and immediately fell in love with the Coolidge Corner Theatre during a midnite screening of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s El Topo. His mind was blown, and he knew he had to do anything within his power to keep the Coolidge weird. Wielding his completely unsafe knowledge of genre films, he was appointed to the position of Program Manager. Mark’s many duties at the theatre include: programming, promoting, and pulling off the Coolidge After Midnite film series, curating the Annual Halloween Horror Movie Marathon, and co-programming the Coolidge's various repertory signature film series'.
In 2014 the Boston Society of Film Critics awarded the Coolidge After Midnite a special commendation "for its idiosyncratic programming and remaining dedicated to 35mm exhibition". Boston’s NPR station has said of him, “It’s an understatement to say that Mark Anastasio knows horror movies. This guy knows horror movies the way Ted Williams knew hitting and Stephen Hawking knows physics.”
Mark has served as a juror for film festivals such as The Independent Film Festival of Boston and the Boston Underground Film Festival. He has been a featured speaker on the subject of midnite movies at the Arthouse Convergence, and has written for numerous film sites and horror zines. Mark can be found on stage at the Coolidge each week introducing something strange and wonderful.