Meet the Producers
A small team of dedicated Headquarters staff and a vast team of City Producers bring the 48HFP to our cities each year. This group of individuals come from many different backgrounds and from many different countries but share the commitment to make the 48HFP fun, fair and creatively invigorating.
Mark Ruppert Creator / Executive Producer
Mark came up with the idea for the 48 Hour Film Project back in 2001. As a filmmaker in his own right, Mark's belief in the power of creativity led him to challenge filmmakers to see what they can do in a single weekend.
The results have been phenomenal as the 48 Hour Film Project has found a place in 130 cities around the world--with more than 325,000 people having participated to date, creating more than 25,000 films.
Mark heads the international organization that runs the 48 Hour Film Project, coordinating more than 110 producers around the world. Mark's producing experience includes films, theater and special events. He has emceed award shows, international forums and his own talk/variety show.
Liz Langston Co-Founder / Executive Producer
Langston co-founded the 48HFP back in 2001. After years as a nerdy researcher she found that making movies was much more fun. Even she is surprised that spreading this love of filmmaking has met with such a large response. In 2011 Langston launched a spin-off 48HFP project – the 48 Music Video Project, and in 2012, launched the 48 Horror Project, which is rapidly spreading worldwide.
She manages the 48HFP; develops new opportunities; oversees marketing, social media, and public relations; engages with the press; and biennually spearheads the 48HFP's Film Festival, Filmapaplooza. She lives in Albuquerque, where she also produces the local 48HFP Film Project. She frequently attends film festivals and travels to 48HFP cities to connect with filmmakers and City Producers.
Christina Ruppert Director of Operations
Ruppert manages the day-to-day operations of the 48HFP, helps our City Producers manage their cities, documents and improves procedures, updates our website, and manages projects that involve the rest of the HQ staff. She lives with her husband Michael and sons Patrick and Charlie in Washington, DC.
Laura Schlecht Director of Web Operations
Laura is an actress, director and producer - having worked on numerous projects for both stage and screen. She currently resides in Houston and is involved with many local arts organizations.
Laura maintains the 48 Hour Film website and assists the rest of HQ with the day-to-day operations of the project.
Brian Bowers Asst. Dir. of Oper. / Newsletter Editor
Brian is responsible for hiring new city producers in the US and internationally. He works with existing City Producers to help manage their cities, assists with social media outreach, and writes the monthly e-newsletter. He is the Producer for the Cleveland, OH 48HFP.
Kris Thompson Web Assistant
In 2014, after a life-long love affair with writing, Kris Thompson threw caution (and her small business of 15 years) to the wind and joined the playwriting community. She has enjoyed production by Playhouse 1960, CMR's Pass&Go & Smattering, Vox Feminina, Theatre Suburbia, S/H’s 10x10, Theatre of Owensboro, The MRT, and The Not Toronto Players. It was through theatre that Kris was introduced to the 48HFP. It’s not surprising that the 48HFP has inspired Kris to add screenplay to her “to-do” list!
Charniece Richardson Sponsorship Manager
Charneice is the newest member of the 48HFP Team. She manages sponsorships and sponsorship events such as the New Amsterdam “It’s Your Town” invitational. She is also a playwright, and the winner of an x prize as well as a mother of 2.