CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023

Martha: A Picture Story

Year: 2019
Language: English, German,Portuguese
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

Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 3:40 PM

Sunday, April 05, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Film Is Art
Women of the World

Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


Selina Miles

Daniel Joyce

Marcus Autelli, Selina Miles

Simon Njoo

Film Contact

This film is presented in loving memory of ARJEYE LACEY

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Type Twenty Seven

Community Partners

Graffiti HeArt

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CAN Journal

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