Writer/director Mark Christopher is best known for his film 54 (Miramax), starring Mike Meyers, Salma Hayek, Ryan Phillippe and Mark Ruffalo as well as his award-winning short films. He received his B.A. from the University of Iowa and M.F.A. from Columbia University. His writing and directing work spans film, television and theater. He is the creator and executive producer of the 2012 television show, Real Life: The Musical and has written for CBS, Fox and MTV. He has won numerous awards including the Teddie for Best Short at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1996 (Alkali, Iowa), and wrote and directed the Independent Spirit Award winner Pizza (IFC Films, 2006). Among his fellowships are the Princess Grace Foundation Statue Award (2005), Ucross (2006), Westbeth (2007), the New Line Cinema Award (1995 and 1992), the Paul Robeson Fund for filmmaking (1994) and the Nicholas Meyer Award for dramatic writing (1983). His work has been reviewed in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Art Forum, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair.