ZBURG

In this offbeat crime mystery, a sidelined detective Harry Mallette returns to his hometown as drug traffickers and smugglers compete over the battered region. The murder of a meth dealer rocks the city in the midst of an opiate epidemic, as young Tyler and Grace must negotiate their futures in this post-industrial wasteland on the troubled border.

  • Mark Valley
    Director
    The Millionaires
  • Mark Valley
    Writer
    The Millionaires
  • Erin Cole
    Producer
  • Mark Valley
    Key Cast
    “Harry Mallette”
    Boston Legal, Human Target, Fringe, Keen Eddie, Body of Proof, Harry’s Law,
  • Ethan Henry
    Key Cast
    “Billie Tebo”
    Infected
  • Erin Cole
    Key Cast
    “Lee Ann”
    Vinyl, HBO
  • Film Type:
    Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Mark Valley

Mark Valley is a writer, director and accomplished performer having worked with some of the top creators in television including J.J. Abrams on Fringe, David E. Kelley on Boston Legal and Harry’s Law, Ryan Murphy on Feud: Bette and Joan, Mike White on Pasadena, Joel Wyman on Keen Eddie, and Matt Weiner on Romanovs. His extensive TV credits also include ABC’s Body of Proof; Bravo’s Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, Bloodline, The Flash, and Fox’s Human Target. On the big screen, Valley’s roles include those in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty (2012) and Edward Zwick’s The Siege (1998), and Simon West’s GUN SHY, starring Antonio Banderas.

Mark is a West Point Graduate and Army veteran. In addition to hosting his podcast the Live Drop, Valley is a published short story author and has written and directed numerous episodes of Funny or Die’s The Millionaires. He recently created the web series ZBURG, shot in his hometown in Upstate New York. Valley is a three-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee for his role in Boston Legal and is an Alumn of the Writers Guild Foundation Veterans Writing Workshop. Mark is currently an MFA candidate for Fiction at Antioch University. He is repped by Paradigm and lives in Ogdensburg, NY and Eagle Rock, CA.

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Director Statement

ZBURG was conceived and produced by an all local cast and crew in Ogdensburg, New York. My intention with this project was to share skills and create regional content with local stories and characters. We hope to demonstrate that new media is not only economically feasible in remote areas, but also an effective way to preserve a regional and even personal identity. We’re immensely grateful for the enthusiastic support of the community of Ogdensburg. We’ve had a great time making this season and hope to do more. Thank you for considering our submission.

Mark Valley
EP, ZBURG