CHARLOTTESVILLE - Noted documentary Producer and Director Mark Cowen, passed away in Virginia on Monday, Sept. 10, after a courageous battle with a debilitating disease. He was a loving father, devoted husband, brother, son and friend. Those who knew him best will remember a man who was loving, caring, a joy to be with, and generous to a fault.
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Cowen was born on June 28, 1962, and grew up in San Marino, Calif., where he attended San Marino High School and went on to receive his degree from Loyola Marymount University.
Mark's professional career began at ZM Productions in the early 1980s where he helped to define the marketing genre of behind-the-scenes "making of" documentaries and electronic press kits, which are still widely used in motion picture publicity campaigns. Cowen went on to produce and direct the Emmy nominated "We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company" which was a companion documentary to the Emmy Award winning HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers." He was also the director of the IMAX film "Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D" which he produced with his partner and longtime collaborator Mark Herzog, and co-wrote the film with Tom Hanks and his younger brother Christopher. His tireless work ethic, amazing wit and humor and passion for the craft of filmmaking is something that all who knew him will not soon forget.
He is survived by his wife, Katie Cowen of Charlottesville, Va.; sons, Rives, Charlie and Harry; father, Paul Cowen; brother, Christopher Cowen; and sister, Maureen Kessler. Also left to cherish his memory are Dr. and Mrs. Rives Bailey of Yorktown, Francie Bailey of Newport News, and Rives and Carey Bailey along with their children Alex, Ben, Amelie, and Jack, all of Charlottesville.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Mark Cowen Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o First Citizens Bank, 2101 Dominion Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901.
A celebration of Mark's life will be held in Los Angeles at a date and time to be determined. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published in Daily Press from September 15 to September 17, 2012