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Cryptic Pictures Founders

Cryptic  Pictures  LLC   is   an  award  winning,   privately  held,   fully-integrated  

film production company with offices in the U.S.  Founded in 2009 by Mark Ricche and Christian Stavrakis, the company focuses on digital theatrical releases for the independent film market. 

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 Prophesies, Wonder 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.

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