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.Be a City Producer
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.
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 48HFP 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.
Camilla Demichelis Marketing Strategist
Alessandro Pederzoli Marketing Strategist
Karen Lin Intern
Frankie Ruppert Administrative Assistant
Liz Langston Co-Founder
Though she's no longer with the 48HFP, Liz co-founded the project back in 2001. (After years as a nerdy researcher she found that making movies was much more fun.)
She helped Mark make the organization what it is today - including launching spin-off competitions such as the Music Video, Horror and the Science Fiction Projects - and stepped down from her position in early 2019.
Liz resides in Albuquerque plans to spend her time traveling and pursuing her next creative endeavor. Though she no longer works on the 48HFP, she remains an advocate of the Project and a strong supporter of filmmakers.