VIEWPOINTS

ACTOR MARTINEZ

Directed by Nathan Silver and Mike Ott
FEATURE NARRATIVE 75 Minutes North American Premiere
FILM GUIDE ACTOR MARTINEZ
Lacking exciting-enough thespian work in his home town of Denver, computer repairman and aspiring actor Arthur Martinez decides to hire indie directors Mike Ott (Pearblossom Hwy, Lake Los Angeles) and Nathan Silver (Uncertain Terms, Stinking Heaven) to document his life, and consequently become the star of a feature film. However, as the project evolves, the directors’ and Arthur’s vision increasingly differ. It becomes clear that watching Arthur perform tai chi, mingle with the local Denver theater community, and drive around town, will not provide enough drama to sustain a feature as Arthur might think.

Actor Martinez explores the distinction between performance and life, and the relationship between subject and director. Directors Ott and Silver become characters in the film; as they wrestle with Arthur for control of the project it becomes less clear who is manipulating whom. When the woman cast to play the love interest, Lindsay Burdge (A Teacher, Come Down Molly, First Winter) arrives on set, the very nature of the project is questioned.

—Jule Rozite
Drama, Documentary, NY Director(s)
About the Director(s)
Mike Ott studied under Thom Andersen at CalArts, where he received his MFA. He is the recipient of the Audience award at AFI Fest and is currently in production on a hybrid feature: California Dreams. Nathan Silver graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2005. Filmmaker Magazine named Silver 'one of the most interesting emerging directors in U.S. indie film.' His feature film credits include: Uncertain Terms (2014) and Stinking Heaven (2015).

Film Info
Cast & Credits
  • Composer:
    Paul Grimstad
  • Associate Producer:
    Christina Jobe
  • Cinematographer:
    Adam J. Minnick
  • Producer:
    Britta Erickson, Katie Shapiro, Patrick Hackett, Heika Burnison
  • Director:
    Nathan Silver, Mike Ott
  • Cast:
    Lindsay Burdge, Arthur Martinez, Nathan Silver, Mike Ott, Kenneth Berba, Rae Radke
  • Editor:
    Gerald D. Rossini
  • Screenwriter:
    Nathan Silver, Mike Ott
  • Executive Producer:
    Monkia DeWitt, Terry L. Ganey

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