Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Martha: A Picture Story

 

Year: 2019
Country: AUSTRALIA, USA, GERMANY, BRAZIL
Run Time: 84 minutes

Martha: A Picture Story
Martha: A Picture Story
Martha: A Picture Story
Martha: A Picture Story

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.

CIFF44 Screenings

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

Sidebars
Film Is Art
Women of the World

Competitions
Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Director

Director
Selina Miles

Producer
Daniel Joyce

Cinematography
Marcus Autelli, Selina Miles

Editing
Simon Njoo

Print Source

This film is presented in loving memory of ARJEYE LACEY

Film Sponsors

Type Twenty Seven

Community Partners

Graffiti HeArt

Media Partners

CAN Journal

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