Mark Christopher (director)

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Mark Christopher
Mark Christopher 3.jpg
Mark Christopher in 2015
Born (1963-07-08) July 8, 1963 (age 53)
Fort Dodge, Iowa, United States
Occupation Film director, screenwriter

Mark Christopher (born July 8, 1963[citation needed] in Fort Dodge, Iowa) is a screenwriter and director most well known as the director of the Ryan Phillippe, Mike Meyers, Salma Hayek, Neve Campbell and Mark Ruffalo-starring film, 54.[1]

Within the film community, he is better known for the success of the director's cut of the film that premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2015.[citation needed] With over 30 minutes of re-shoots cut out of the 1998 version, and over 40 minutes re-instated, the film was universally lauded by critics and hailed as a "jubilant resurrection" and "a lost gay classic."[citation needed] The story of the films destruction and resurrection was featured on New York magazine's website.[2] and The Guardian[3] and Elvis Mitchell's interview with Mark Christopher on KCRW's "The Treatment".[4]

Mark Christopher also directed three short films, all of them theatrically distributed: "The Dead Boys Club" (1992), an influential short of the New Queer Cinema wave as cited by B. Ruby Rich in her Sight & Sound article that defined the genre; "Alkali, Iowa" (1995), winner of the Teddy at the Berlin International Film Festival (1996); and "Heartland," Strand Releasing (2007). He is also known for his television writing and creation of musical programming, including "Real Life: The Musical" that premiered on OWN in 2012.[citation needed]


  • "Heartland" (2007) (writer, director)
  • Pizza (2005) (writer, director)
  • 54 (1998) (writer, director)
  • Boys Life 2 (1997) (segment: Akali, Iowa) (writer, director)
  • Boys' Shorts: The New Queer Cinema (1993) (director)
  • The Dead Boys' Club (1992) (director)


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