The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Country: AUSTRALIA, USA, GERMANY, BRAZIL
Run Time: 84 minutes
In the 1970s, New York City declared a war on graffiti, labeling it filthy vandalism indicative of a growing crime problem. While tagged subway cars were scrubbed and walls painted over, Martha Cooper, a burgeoning street photographer, was preserving the often temporary artform. With nothing more than her camera, Marty walked the New York streets in search of compelling subjects. Rather than focusing on dilapidation, she was drawn to vibrant creative communities, from graffiti artists to breakdancers, making spaces their own. Initially an outsider, Marty was not only accepted, but eventually reached icon status within the street art community through her book, Subway Art (1984), which preserved long-gone images for future generations of artists. A prolific yet underappreciated photographer, Marty—now 75—must navigate the global street art phenomenon she helped launch, which has been changed forever by social media and gentrification. MARTHA: A PICTURE STORY documents both the mythology and philosophy of the woman who captured and created the street artists’ bible. (In English, German, and Portuguese with subtitles) — D.O.
Cedar Lee Theatre 1
Friday, April 03, 2020 at 6:45 PM ET
Tower City Cinemas
Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 3:40 PM ET
Sunday, April 05, 2020 at 9:00 AM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles
Marcus Autelli, Selina Miles
This film is presented in loving memory of ARJEYE LACEY