Martha started her directing career in journalism, where she directed both full length, and short-form documentaries on such diverse topics as the influx of Haitian refugees to Florida; the demise of the family farm; and the inception of the Special Olympics. Her work was nationally recognized by her peers, garnering her two Columbia DuPont Awards; several Emmys and Emmy nominations; and a Robert F. Kennedy Foundation Award, among many national and international accolades.
She transitioned to the world of dramatic directing, under the tutelage of Oscar-winner Jon Avnet, shadowing him on the film UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL, while also providing some video inserts on the film. That was followed by the film VOLCANO, where, as a department head, she wrote and directed all the news elements in the film. She shadowed, and worked on other films such as ENEMY OF THE STATE, and THE NEGOTIATOR, before being accepted to the American Film Institute’s prestigious Directing Workshop for Women.
Her AFI DWW short, GLORY GIRL, was produced with the generous assistance of Dreamworks. It was critically well-received, and won the award for Creative Excellence from the Telluride Indiefest, which qualified it for Academy Award consideration.
She has stayed busy working as an executive, while also keeping her hand in, doing short films. Her latest, 1 Zer0, was shot entirely on an iPhone, and premiered at the Cairo Mobile Film Festival in late September (she didn’t enter it, they asked for it!). It will play in Cannes and Singapore later in 2017.
She has several potential feature films in the works. Martha works on those and other projects while spending her mornings teaching film.
She is active at the DGA, and serves as a co-chair for activities, for the Women’s Steering Committee. Martha was honored to be chosen as one of fifty people chosen for the Directors Development Initiative.
She is also active in the Producer’s Guild, where she is a western co-chair of the Women’s Impact Network, and a mentor on the guild’s Diversity Committee, which also produces the Media Access Awards.