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.


Wouter van Gestel Director of Web Operations and Technology

Wouter is a self employed colorist, editor and mastering engineer in the Eindhoven area in the Netherlands. Studied Audiovisual media (BA of Design 2007) in Hilversum, NL. But before that also studied multimedia design for 4 years in Eindhoven and kept developing his skills as web developer after graduating in 2002.

He has been involved in numerous local Film initiatives like the Eindhoven Film Festival. Also worked on the children's feature film 'Het Geheim van Sophia' (The secret of Sophia), on which many 48 hour alumni worked.

Wouter maintains the 48 Hour Film website, Cinema48 and is Cityproducer of Eindhoven and Nijmegen.


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


Frankie Ruppert Administrative Assistant


Thomas Ruppert Intern


MISSEY Tisot Intern


Chiara Lobb Intern


Amaia Noursi Intern


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.


City Producers

Aaron Johnston Columbus, OH

Adam Madrid Jacksonville, FL

Alessandro Pederzoli Mexico

Alex Espinoza Dallas, TX

Alyne Harding Austin, TX

Andrew Osborne Boston, MA

Anthony Ambrosino Providence, RI

Anthony Paderewski Savannah, GA

Bill Rainey New Orleans, LA

Blerina Berberi Atlantic Canada

Brian Higgins Salt Lake City, UT

Camilla Demichelis Mexico

Carmine DePaulo San Jose, CA

Chad Terry Albuquerque, NM

Chris Overpeck Indianapolis, IN

Christian Torres Houston, TX

Christina Carmona Orlando, FL

Christina Ruppert Baltimore, MDCincinnati, OHColumbus, OH • and 5 more

Christopher Cherry Toronto, CA

Christopher Denise San Jose, CA

Claudia Fernandez Ibero-America CineXpress

Darren Passarello New York, NY

David Fugate Minneapolis, MN

David Schöbl Brno, CZ

Desiree Littles Oklahoma City, OK

Dino Moore Atlanta, GA

Drew Martin Kansas City, MO

Duane Trammell San Diego, CA

Ericka Mauldin Chicago, IL

Ester Stigliano Rome, IT

Eva Basteiro-Bertoli Rome, IT

Ilya Kushnir Denver, CO

Indra van 't Hooft Eindhoven, NL

Iris Carter Greensboro, NC

Ivey Smith Reno, NV

Jeannette Rainey Hampton Roads, VA

Jeff Hahn Little Rock, AR

Jennifer Bonior Nashville, TN

Jennifer Gentner Detroit, MI

Jessi Burkette Kansas City, MO

Johanna Hickle San Jose, CA

Jordan Lema Buffalo, NY

Katherine Thompson Madison, WI

Katrina Gardner San Jose, CA

Keira Marti Austin, TX

Kevin Lyons Inland Empire, CA

kirk nordenstrom MontanaSeattle, WA

L. Mattock "Mattie" Scariot San Jose, CA

Leanne Westphal Los Angeles, CA

Louise Knowles EdinburghGlasgow

Mark Ruppert Richmond, VA

Mary Helen Norris Lynchburg, VA

Melissa Del Rosario Las Vegas, NV

Melody Mokhtarian New York, NY

Michael Keeney Madison, WI

Michael Westphal Los Angeles, CA

Monique Madrid Jacksonville, FL

Nando Roman Orlando, FL

Patrick Fitzgerald Louisville, KY

Philip Nelson San Antonio, TX

PJ Gaynard Pittsburgh, PA

Radka Poláková Beránková Brno, CZ

Rebecca Madding Paducah, KY

Rob Hatch Portland, OR

Robert Dragot Tirana, AL

Robert Quinn New York, NY

Ron George Cleveland, OH

Ryota Mori Tokyo, JP

Sam Goldblatt EdinburghGlasgow

Samantha Rosenberg Albuquerque, NM

Samuel Pace-Tuomi Des Moines, IA

Sean Soboleski Asheville, NC

Steve Nash Toronto, CA

Tania Innamorati Rome, IT

Tim Lozano Houston, TX

Trish Clark New Haven, CT

Tyler Blaker Indianapolis, IN

Vanessa Arguedas Ibero-America CineXpress

Vernard Fields Cincinnati, OH

Walter Vinci Providence, RI

Warren Matson Milwaukee, WI

Wendy Robbins Tampa, FL

William Fisher Charlotte, NC

Wouter van Gestel Eindhoven, NL

Zuri Chavers Baltimore, MD

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