Mark Christopher

WRITER / DIRECTOR
Currently residing in Los Angeles, Mark Christopher is the writer/director of the iconic 54 (aka Studio 54) along with his much celebrated director's cut and a variety of award winning independent films. Mark works internationally, namely in the United States, Brazil, and Europe.

54: The Director's Cut

The original 54 began principle photography in 1997 with Miramax serving as the studio. Despite a very positive initial reaction from the studio and industry insiders, Harvey Weinstein demanded extensive cuts and reshoots - 40 minutes were cut from the 100 minute film, most of them centering around the lead character’s bisexuality, and 33 minutes of new “straight" material was shot. After many years and attempts, Mark was finally able to remaster the film thanks to the support of a new regime at Miramax. The film was intended to play one festival, but its reception lead to a tremendous run at fests around the world, had a theatrical run in Europe, and was released on Blu-Ray by Lionsgate.

"I was thrilled to get my vision of this film out into the world - its premiere at the Berlinale in 2015 was a profound moment for me. The release of the director's cut proved that the film I originally made worked and that Harvey had severely damaged it."

For more of the story, read the NY Magazine Culture Vulture article where Ryan Phillippe speaks freely.

Read Mark's interview with the Huffington Post.

Buy or rent 54TDC from Amazon.
Check out Mark Christopher's interview on KCRW's The Treatment with Elvis Mitchell where they discuss 54, its revival, and its cult status.

Alkali, Iowa

Ten years before Brokeback Mountain, there was a groundbreaking short film set in rural America that captured the imagination of audiences. "I hope you'll find this elliptical tale rich in themes of legacy, paternity, and independence the rural midwest." Winner of seven major awards, including the Teddy at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Returning soon to a streaming service near you in an exciting new package of shorts from Frameline.
Watch Alkali, Iowa Here

Dead Boys Club

The Dead Boys Club was inspired by the ghosts of all those boys we lost in New York who I never knew, including John Reed and Ricky Wilson from the B-52s ("The Dead Beat Club")."
‍"My first year film at Columbia University. A movie shot on celluloid and cut on a flatbed in Brooklyn. For all its technical and creative flaws, this is one of my favorite pieces of work. I think it has a bit of magic. In 1992, it struck a nerve with audiences around the world. Lots of emotion and ovations.
Watch Dead Boys Club Here

Heartland

This little film has five million hits on YouTube - thanks to a couple pirates who owe Mark some doubloons! On the surface it is the simple tale of a big city college boy who heads back to the farm, ostensibly to help out his family, but is stranded there by responsibility and love. "I loved the process of making this film - building it from the inside out in terms of shooting and production on a variety of formats."
Watch Heartland Here

Pizza

Pizza (IFC/InDigEnt), winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Production, was the world's first anti-romantic comedy, and one of the first digital feature films. Pizza tells the story of 18-year-old Cara-Ethyl and her unforgettable night of adventure with a 30 year-old pizza "boy" Ethan Embry.
Buy or rent from Amazon

Real Life: The Musical

Haven't you ever wanted life to be a musical? Haven't you ever wanted to break into song when words are not enough? Check out Mark's sizzle real for Real Life: The Musical which launched the series he created and executive produced for the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Projects In Development

MID-CENTURY MODERNS: Don't you just love life in 1966? A brand new juke box musical by Mark, to be staged again soon in a fabulous venue near you!

SARA, a Czech/German co-production slated to shoot in Berlin, is a psychological thriller that tells the story of an American woman whose baby dies soon after her arrival in Europe... or did it? A deep dive into a deadly underworld of human trafficking where nothing is as it seems.

CLEOPATRA VII, a sexy, cutting edge look inside the cut-throat family life of one of the world's first divas.

BERLIN, an intricately woven thriller set in the Nazi capitol at the height of its power. In 1941, an unbelievable subculture somehow managed to survive inside the belly of the beast. Based on a true story.

WHITE, an edge of the seat drama that pulls you dead center into the world of white supremacy, USA, with a hint of hope lurking beneath the destruction.

THE THREE, a riveting TV drama that thrusts you into the minds of a charismatic, deadly character with dissociative identity disorder.

UNTITLED MUSICAL PROJECT, a neighborhood street musical combining the Afro-jazz, hiphop, street performing world of the LA Latinex culture.

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