Eugene Martin, Chair | Department of Media Arts

Eugene Martin, Chair

Highlights: 
Directing
Screenwriting
Cinematography
Eugene Martin
Office: 
RTFP 262B

Eugene Martin is a filmmaker whose work looks intimately at issues of youth, social justice, and human rights. He has directed ten feature films, with his newest, Marisol, in release on Amazon. Marisol is part of a trilogy of films about immigration in Texas.

Edge City (introducing and starring Mark Webber), won the Grand Jury Prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 1998. In 2001, Diary of a City Priest (starring David Morse) was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival. The Other America was featured as the Opening Night film at the 2004 Slamdance Film Festival. In 2013, Martin's documentary feature film, The Anderson Monarchs, was released by Cinedigm as part of the Sundance Institute's Artists Services distribution program to Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon. The Anderson Monarchs was screened theatrically in New York and Los Angeles in Docuweeks 2012 and was an officially accepted entrant for the Academy Awards, the DGA Awards, and the Independent Spirit Awards for Documentary Feature Film.

Major funders include The Independent Television Service (ITVS), The Philadelphia Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the American Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Sundance Documentary Fund, and Texas Filmmakers.

Martin works fluidly between narrative and documentary forms, and often combines techniques from both in his work. His films have been screened internationally in more than 25 countries. His work has aired on national PBS, The Sundance Channel, and the BBC. His films have been screened at the Directors Guild of America, the National Gallery of Art, and at more than 100 film festivals internationally.

Martin teaches Directing Narrative Media and Graduate Cinematography. In 2011-2012 his Advanced Film students that made the narrative short, The Whale, won the international Eastman Kodak Cinematography Award and the film was screened at the Clermont-Ferrand film festival; the film was also a Regional Finalist for the Student Academy Awards in 2012. To date, the Advanced Film students in his classes have completed 51 narrative short films and been official selections in more than 50 film festivals.

Martin holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Film from Temple University.

He also is a member of the Directors Guild of America.

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