Cryptic Pictures Founders

Cryptic Pictures LLC is a privately held, fully-integrated film production 

company with a focus on engaging the ever shape-shifting film industry and its current cinematic landscape,  for the benefit of the indie-film market and its artists.  Founded in 2009 by Mark Ricche and Christian Stavrakis, the company is setting the standard for innovative, compelling works that transcend typical industry formulas in an effort to keep the "art and soul" alive in modern cinema.  Discover more about the company and its various operations at or ​​.

Mark Ricche's (left) film career spans over 25 years as a writer. director, actor, producer, film financier, educator and now owner and CEO of Cryptic Pictures. In 2010,  his work  captured the attention of the American Film Institute which subsequently screened eight of his short subjects in a special night of screenings. Mark's industry experience includes associations with Sony Pictures, Dimension Films and Disney. He was the winner of the 1995 Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum Screenplay festival with his original screenplay "Point Imperial" and is a two-time Mid-Atlantic region Best Actor recipient.  He currently resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland.


Christian Stavrakis (right) has maintained an active presence in the film industry for over two decades as a sculptor, writer and genre historian.  He has worked on many feature productions, including The Mothman ProphesiesWonder Boys, Dogma and Altered.  His artwork was recently featured prominently in the Haxan Films production Lovely  Molly which was released to critical acclaim in early 2012.  Christian resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,  home base to Cryptic Pictures.

2009 - 2018 ​© Cryptic Pictures LLC


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