Brian Vander Ark is the lead singer and principal songwriter for The Verve Pipe. He is also an actor, having appeared in the wildly successful “Rock Star” (starring Mark Walberg and Jennifer Aniston), “Dead And Breakfast” (starring Jeremy Sisto and Erik Pallidino), “House Of The Rising Sun” (starring Amy Smart and Dave Batista). His most recent accomplishment is writing, producing and starring in the multiple award winning short, “Bullies On Vacation.”
On stage, Brian garnered rave reviews as Charley Bowdrey in “The Collective Works Of Billy The Kid”, at the prestigious La Jolla playhouse, under the direction of Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, Tommy).
Brian has recently signed on to the lead role of Frank J. Gummersall, in One Man’s Trash, to be ﬁlmed in 2012, and is currently writing a follow-up screenplay for “Bullies On Vacation.”
House Of The Rising Sun
Ray (Dave Bautista), an ex-con, is starting a new life looking to stay out of trouble. One evening, on Ray’s watch, the nightclub he works for is robbed and the owner’s son is shot dead. As his criminal past is exposed Ray hunts for the person responsible for this crime in an effort to clear his own name. Ray must get to the bottom of this as both the mob and cops start to close in on him as their target suspect.
Bullies On Vacation (2010)
On vacation with his family, successful novelist David Sandstedt (Mark Kelly) discovers that his childhood taunter, Steve Vanderlaan (Brian Vander Ark) is vacationing with his family at the same resort. A simple ‘sucker punch’ is anything but and the lessons learned are few and far between. “Bullies on Vacation” won Best Short Film at the 2010 Ferndale Film Festival, Ferndale, MI, Best Comedy Short at the 2011 Detroit Windsor International Film Festival and Best Actor – Short, Best Supporting Actor – Short and Best Screen Play – Short at the 2nd Annual Michigan Film Awards. The film also received an Official Finalist Award at the 2011 Las Vegas Film Festival. “Bullies on Vacation” has Official Selection Accreditation at the 2011 Detroit Independent Film Festival, Capital City Film Festival, Sonoma International Film Festival, Indie Spirit Film Festival, Little Rock Film Festival, Waterfront Film Festival, Manhattan Film Festival and the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival, HollyShorts Film Festival and Blue Water Film Festival.
Dead And Breakfast (2004) (Actor, Musical Score)
A night at a local bed and breakfast turns into a bloody supernatural fight to the death. Also starring Jeremy Sisto, Erik Pallidino, Ever Carradine.
Lead singer of a tribute band becomes lead singer of the real band he idolizes. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston. Original song “Colorful”, written by Brian Vander Ark.
Mergers and Acquisitions (2001)
It’s all about the company you keep.