Marta Cunningham (director)

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Marta Cunningham
Born Marta M. Cunningham
San Mateo, California, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Writer
  • Choreographer
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) James Frain (m. 2004)
Children 2
Website martacunningham.com

Marta Cunningham is an American director,[1] producer, actor, and dancer.

Marta's first feature-length documentary Valentine Road [2] was selected to compete in the U.S Documentary Competition in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival that was nominated for two News and Documentary Emmy Awards, and later premiered on HBO in October 2013.[3][4] She consequently joined the Sundance Institute's Film Forward Program[5] and the Sundance Institute's Women Filmmakers Initiative in 2013 [6] and was selected for their "FilmTwo" Initiative Program[7] to develop her second feature. In 2014, she was selected for the inaugural Fox Global Initiative Director's Lab.[8] That Autumn, Cunningham produced and directed a documentary short [9] for Glamour Magazine focusing on five women who survived the Charleston church shooting or who lost family members.[10] It screened at Carnegie Hall in October [11] and was given a five-minute standing ovation. Cunningham was nominated[12] for an NAACP Image Award in December 2016[13] for directing the season 3 finale of Transparent (TV series), which premiered on Amazon in September 2016.[14] Cunningham is currently directing an episode of HBO's Insecure (TV series), after wrapping up her second episode of Transparent.

Filmography[edit]

Director
Year Title Notes
2013 Valentine Road [15] Nominated - 48th NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series [16][17]
Sheffield Doc/Fest Award for One of the Top 10 films by the Audience[18]
Philly QFest- First Time Director Documentary Award[19]
Tel Aviv LGBT International Film Festival Award for Best International Documentary Feature[20]
Birkshire Internation Film Festival[21] Award for Juried Prize - Documentary
Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival[22] Award for Best Documentary
GAZE Film Festival 2013 Award for Best Documentary[23]
Frameline37 Film Festival Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary
NewFest Film Festival 2013 Audience Award for Outstanding Feature Film
Fresno Reel Pride 2013 Audience Award for Best Documentary
Out on Film - Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Jury Award for Best Documentary
Madrid Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Jury Award for Best Documentary
Teaneck International Film Festival Jury Award for Best Documentary
Zinegoak Bilbao LGBT Film Festival Documentary Award
2015 Forgiveness (short)[24] Glamour (magazine) Women of the Year Documentary: Speaking Words of Forgiveness
2017 Pretty Little Liars (1 episode) - Hold Your Piece [25]
2017 Transparent (TV series) (2 episodes) - Exciting and New  (2016),[26] Untitled [27]
2017 The Good Fight (1 episode)[28] - The Schtup List [29]
2017 Imposters (TV series) (1 episode) - The Maddie Code[30]
Actress
Year Title Notes
1993 Running the Halls (TV series) (1 episode) Rock Reunion
1993 Tyson Role: Lisa
1995 How to Be a Player Role: C.C.
1997 Fakin' Da Funk Role: Tracy
1998 Maggie (1998 TV series) (1 episode) - The Maris Syndrome Role: Tracy
1999 Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane (TV series) (1 episode) - Zoe Under the Influence
1999 Oh Baby (TV series) (1 episode) - Family History
2000 Grown Ups (1999 TV series) (1 episode) - Valentine J
2000 Dancing at the Blue Iguana Role: Yolanda
2003 Abby (TV Series) (1 episode) - Moving On

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.thealiceinitiative.com/master-lists
  2. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2013/10/07/valentine-road-review/2930913/
  3. ^ http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-valentine-road-20131007-story.html
  4. ^ http://www.indiewire.com/2014/02/heroines-of-cinema-marta-cunningham-explains-the-valentines-tragedy-that-turned-her-into-a-filmmaker-30289/
  5. ^ http://www2.sundance.org/filmforward/film/valentine-road/
  6. ^ https://www.sundance.org/pdf/artist-programs/wfi/Women_Filmmakers_Initiative_2013_Mentees_and_Mentors.pdf
  7. ^ "Sundance Institute Announces New 'FilmTwo' Initiative to Support Second-Time Feature Filmmakers". 
  8. ^ http://www.indiewire.com/2016/10/what-does-a-woman-director-look-like-jessica-sanders-fox-global-directors-initiative-1201734935/
  9. ^ Glamour Magazine (9 November 2015). "The Women of Charleston: Hate Will Not Win". Retrieved 14 April 2017 – via YouTube. 
  10. ^ Glamour. "Speaking Words of Forgiveness: The Women of Charleston by Filmmaker Marta Cunningham". 
  11. ^ http://www.magazine.org/industry-news/press-releases/member-press-releases/glamour-honors-its-25th-anniversary-women-year
  12. ^ "Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series - NAACP Image Awards: 'Birth of a Nation' Scores 6 Nominations". 
  13. ^ https://lawestmedia.com/lawest/naacp-announces-image-awards-nominees-see-full-list/
  14. ^ https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/10/a-toast-to-judith-light-and-to-transparents-glorio.html
  15. ^ http://www.npr.org/2013/09/30/226597210/valentine-road-a-path-to-teen-tragedy
  16. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/48th_NAACP_Image_Awards
  17. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2577990/awards
  18. ^ https://sheffdocfest.com/films/show/5525
  19. ^ http://www.phillymag.com/g-philly/2013/07/24/qfest-awards-announced/
  20. ^ https://issuu.com/frameline/docs/frameline37
  21. ^ https://www.biffma.org/2013/06/the-berkshire-international-film-festival-kicks-off-the-cultural-season-with-an-eighth-spectacular-year/
  22. ^ http://mglff.ticketmob.com/event.cfm?id=4306&ref=0773611BE4AFB80AAD9770C9F4A8FB02D6D58442F898329E6EB5B606B0822502
  23. ^ http://www.totallydublin.ie/arts-culture/festival-features/gaze-2013/
  24. ^ "The Women of Charleston: Hate Will Not Win". 
  25. ^ "Hold Your Piece". 1 January 2000. Retrieved 14 April 2017 – via IMDb. 
  26. ^ "Episode #3.10". 1 January 2000. Retrieved 14 April 2017 – via IMDb. 
  27. ^ "Transparent". 6 February 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2017 – via IMDb. 
  28. ^ http://www.tracking-board.com/the-good-fight-review-the-schtup-list/
  29. ^ "The Schtup List". 26 February 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2017 – via IMDb. 
  30. ^ ""Imposters" The Maddie Code (TV Episode 2017)". Retrieved 14 April 2017.