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THIS USED TO BE NEW YORK

MARTHA: A PICTURE STORY

Directed by Selina Miles
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 81 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE MARTHA: A PICTURE STORY
Selina Miles’ film is a portrait of photographer Martha Cooper, who, with inimitable energy and a sharp eye recorded images of New York City in the 1970s and 1980s—eras when the city’s vibrancy was deemed dangerous. Cooper’s images of graffiti and hip hop culture showcased a joyous street life that now exists simply as frozen smiles in a city transformed by real estate greed.

Cooper is a multifaceted creative who trespasses into Berlin’s U-Banh to shoot an illegal graffiti art attack. The film is a kaleidoscopic record of her kinetic output. Although adored by countless fans of her graffiti books that include American b-boys and younger European taggers, Martha: A Picture Story also functions as testament to a female artist who broke new pictorial ground highlighting a grassroots art movement that was later embraced by mainstream culture, while remaining steadfast to be recognized on as more than just a graffiti photographer.

—Felix Endara
Documentary, Art, Biography
About the Director(s)
Selina Miles is an acclaimed self-taught art documentarian from Australia. She has told stories about artists for 10 years. Her hyperlapse video Limitless garnered 12 millions views online. In 2016 she directed The Wanderers, a 6-part ABC iView series. Martha is her first feature documentary.

Film Info
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Selina Miles
  • Producer:
    Daniel Joyce
  • Screenwriter:
    Selina Miles
  • Cinematographer:
    Michael Latham
  • Editor:
    Simon Njoo
  • Composer:
    Adit Gauchan, Vincent Goodyer
  • Executive Producer:
    Jennifer Peedom
  • Co-Producer:
    Bethany Bruce
  • Sound Designer:
    Lachlan Harris
  • Original Music:
    Adit Gauchan
  • Cast:
    Martha Cooper

Contacts
  • Print Source
    Daniel Joyce
    Projector Films
    Erskinville, 2043
    Phone: +61 403 354 043
    dan@projectorfilms.com.au
  • International Sales Contact
    Matthew Burke
    Submarine Entertainment
    New York, NY 10013
    Phone: 212 625 1410
    matt@submarine.com
  • US Sales Contact
    Matthew Burke
    Submarine Entertainment
    New York, NY 10013
    Phone: 212 625 1410
    matt@submarine.com
  • Press Contact
    Emma Griffiths
    EMMA GRIFFITHS PR
    Brooklyn, 11215 NY
    Phone: 917 806 0599
    emma@eg-pr.com

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