Chris Ranung moved to North Florida from southern New York State in January 1990. While a single dad raising two young boys, he entered the Florida film community as a craft service assistant on “Ride,” an independent feature shot in Jacksonville in the summer of 1997. It was during an organizing action on this production that he joined Local 477 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.), the AFL-CIO affiliated labor union that represents Florida’s Professional Filmworkers.
Over the following eighteen years Chris built a reputation as one of Florida’s top craft service providers, amassing credits as head of department on more than two dozen feature film and television productions in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania. In 2005, Chris traveled to the Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Uruguay, and the Florida Keys as key crafty on Michael Mann’s feature film “Miami Vice” – a highlight of his career. His other Florida-based productions include “Tigerland” (2000), Sunshine State” (2001), “Out of Time” (2002), “The Punisher” (2004), “Lonely Hearts” (2005), HBO’s “Recount” (2007), “I Am Number Four” (2010), “Step Up Revolution” (2011), and “Iron Man 3” (2012). He finished his craft service career in 2014 on “Dolphin Tale 2.”
Since 2010, Chris has served as president of I.A.T.S.E. Local 477, which has jurisdiction in Florida for the majority of the on-set working crew on feature films, television projects, and commercials. From 2010-2014, he was a Senate appointee to the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Council (FFEAC). Chris chaired the government relations effort for the Congress of Motion Picture Associations (COMPASS) between 2012 and 2020. He now serves on the Advisory Board to the Amelia Island Film Festival. Additionally, Chris is very proud to be a member of Leadership Florida Class XXXIII.
Turning away from a state-level focus in 2018, Chris began to strategize regionally and created Feature Florida Partnerships. Now a non-profit committed to rebuilding Florida’s motion picture production infrastructure, FFP selected him to serve as its president and executive director in early 2020.
Through it all, Chris has called beautiful St. Augustine home since 1999.