Mark Christopher

Lecture: Directing Actors
Wednesday, October 28, 3:30-5:15pm, College Hall Chapel

Working with a short scene, Mark will guide us through a mock casting session and table read, then put the scene on its feet and discuss possible coverage. We will discuss action verbs and touch on character life needs/wants, and character scene needs/wants. Time permitting, we will repeat the process, to further examine the importance of casting and nurturing a performance.

54 Trailer

MARK CHRISTOPHER premiered “54: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT” at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival to enthusiastic audiences and excellent reviews. Set at the world famous New York City nightclub Studio 54, the film starred Ryan Phillippe, Mike Myers, Salma Hayek and Mark Ruffalo. With 40 minutes of unseen material and no re-shoots, critic’s have hailed Christopher's '54' as a “Jubilant Resurrection,” a “Lost Gay Classic,”  and a film that moves beyond a normal director's cut into the realm of a different movie.  Additionally, Christopher produced the hit double CD soundtrack for the film’s initial release and its number one single “If You Could Read My Mind.”

Christopher's festival comedy hit PIZZA (IFC/InDigEnt) won an Independent Spirit Award, and his award-winning short films have screened at MoMA and all major international film festivals, including Sundance, TIFF, New York and the Berlinale where ALKALI IOWA won the Teddy Award. His short films are theatrically distributed by Strand Releasing and the BFI among others. Christopher currently has TV pilot deals with Warner Brothers (Cary Brokaw producing) Miramax, and Rampante, and has written one-hour pilots for CBS, Spelling, Fox and Logo/MTV. Christopher was the Creator/Executive Producer of REAL LIFE: THE MUSICAL on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

His work has been reviewed and he has been profiled in such journals as The New York Times, The Guardian, Variety, The Wall Street Journal, Art Forum, and Vanity Fair.

Christopher is from rural Fort Dodge, Iowa, has an MFA from Columbia University and speaks fluent Portuguese.