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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 City Producer for Cleveland, OH.


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.


Kris Thompson Web Assistant


Kristen Wurth Social Media


Sierra Shea Asst. Dir. of Operations


Nicole Haddock Post Production Manager


Austin Madrid Asst. Dir. of Operations


Seth Kaplan Asst. Dir. of Operations


City Producers

Aaron Johnston Columbus, OH

Afonso Fontão Castelo Branco, PT

Agnieszka Sękowska Katowice, PLWarsaw, PLWrocław, PL

Akram Moncer Tunis, TN

Alessandro Pederzoli Mexico

Alexander Garcia New Orleans, LA

Allen Baldwin Portland, ME

Alvaro Velusco Bogota, CO

Alyne Harding Austin, TX

Angélica Rojas Buenos Aires, AR

Anthony Paderewski Savannah, GA

Austin Madrid Albuquerque, NM

Aymen Moncer Tunis, TN

Barabara Massara Buenos Aires, AR

Bart Dokter Leeuwarden, NL

Ben Guaraldi Boston, MA

Ben Hlavaty Oklahoma City, OK

Bill Rainey New Orleans, LA

Bobby Gott Buffalo, NY

Brian Bowers Cleveland, OH

Brian Higgins Salt Lake City, UT

Bruce Sales Asheville, NC

Camilla Demichelis Mexico

Caroline Kenealy Amarillo, TX

Caroline Kioko Nairobi, KE

Cathleen Dean Miami, FL

Chad Thomas Louisville, KY

Chris Ackerman Jacksonville, FL

Christina Ruppert Washington, DC

Christopher Cherry Toronto, CA

Dan Greenleaf New Hampshire

Danielle Sumita Shanghai, CN

Danny Ohman Dallas, TX

David Duponchel Lima, PE

David Stott New York, NY

Deborah Gordon Nashville, TN

Dennis Nieh Taipei, TW

Dolores Marimón Córdoba, AR

Doug Lantz San Juan, PR

Duane Trammell San Diego, CA

Ellie St. John Richmond, VA

Erik Overloop Antwerp, BE

Evelyn Pollard Huntsville, AL

Florencia Sader Punta del Este, UY

Francesco Pozzi

Gabe Wardell Atlanta, GA

Gal Greenspan Israel

Gary Underwood Dallas, TX

Gowri Ananthan Jaffna, LK

Graham Trelfer London, GB

Gus Guillen San Jose, CA

Hans Groenendijk Rotterdam, NL

Hisham Samie Cape Town, ZA

Hugh O'Donoghue Dublin, IE

Ike Nnaebue Lagos, NG

Iris Carter Greensboro, NC

Jared Stepp Milwaukee, WI

Jason Turner Kansas City, MO

Javier Valencia Arequipa, PE

Jeannette Rainey Hampton Roads, VA

Jeff Hahn Little Rock, AR

Jerry Vasilatos Chicago, IL

Jessica Singh Durban, ZA

Jim Walker Indianapolis, IN

João Loff Lisbon, PT

Joel Bates Tampa, FL

Jordan Sudduth Jackson, MS

Jutka Bari Budapest, HU

Kahmeela Adams Pittsburgh, PA

Kat Touschner Saint Louis, MO

Katharine Steele Cincinnati, OH

Kristen Hamill Adelaide, AU

Kristin Nolan Denver, CO

krk nordenstrom Seattle, WA

Kyle Snavely Orlando, FL

Landee Bryant Paducah, KY

Lara Brecher San Francisco, CA

LaShonda Delivuk Lynchburg, VA

Laura Schlecht Houston, TX

Leanne Westphal Los Angeles, CA

Liz Langston Albuquerque, NM

Louise Knowles Edinburgh, GBGlasgow, GB

Lynn Samson Aberdeen, GB

Mara Oprişiu Brasov, RO

Margaret Zambonini Cape Town, ZA

Matt Grehan Brisbane, AU

Melinda Rainsberger Providence, RI

Melissa Robison Washington, DC

Michael Elmore Seoul, KR

Michael Westphal Los Angeles, CA

Mihai Nuti Bucharest, RO

Mike Madigan Detroit, MI

Naomi Smith Adelaide, AU

Neal Hartman Geneva, CHLausanne, CH

Nelson Quan Beijing, CN

Onur Akmehmet İstanbul, TR

Paul Ratner Prague, CZ

Paula Martinez Atlanta, GA

Peter Patterson Ottawa, CA

Petra Ratner Prague, CZ

Philip Faiss Las Vegas, NV

Pierre van Megen Eindhoven, NL

Preeti Gopalkrishnan New Delhi, INHyderabad, INMumbai, IN

Rachel Guaraldi Boston, MA

Ramses Petronia Curaçao

Rich Newman Memphis, TN

Robert Dragot Tirana, AL

Robyn Sarvis San Diego, CA

Roman Hatala Bratislava, SK

Ryan Haberern Amarillo, TX

Ryan Strandjord Minneapolis, MN

Ryota Mori Osaka, JP

Sabrina Oertle Inland Empire, CA

Sam Goldblatt Edinburgh, GBGlasgow, GB

Samuel Pace-Tuomi Des Moines, IA

Sarabeth Fox San Antonio, TX

Sharon Yi Singapore

Sierra Shea Madison, WI

Steve Nash Toronto, CA

Tania Innamorati Rome, IT

Thomas Hogg Philadelphia, PA

Tiaan Weyer Johannesburg, ZA

Tommy Blum Melbourne, AU

Tony Tabona Gaborone, BW

Trish Clark New Haven, CT

Tsogtbayar Namsrai Huhehaote, CNMongolia

Will Fisher Charlotte, NC

Zuzana Novakova Bratislava, SK

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