(BA anthropology GWU & MFA film directing CalArts) is an award-winning writer/director and has been making “work” for 15 years: first as a choreographer & sustainability activist, then as a filmmaker & consultant but always with a penchant for agitating the invisible cultural fabric that binds us together. Martha’s latest work, a short-form series about love and dating, recently hit 6 million views on YouTube.
Besides making countless dance and film works, she is also the founder of BugHouse Media, a culture-shift agency & the BugHouse SPIN, a NY-based storytelling show from 2014-2016.
Some accolades are: Nominations for Best Directing & Film, Rio Web Fest & Copenhagen Film Festival, Outstanding Series at the New York Television Festival, London Film Awards, Pilotlight TV Fest, IndieBoom, Cinerail, Knoxville Film Festival, West Fest, South Street Seaport Cultural Association, Gershwin Hotel, Jumping Frames Festival/Hong Kong, The Flea Theater, The Joyce Soho; Meet the Composer Creative Connections, Danca em foco International Festival of Video, Dance/Rio de Janeiro and acting w/Spike Lee.
By age 14, Martha reached her current height of 6’4” and moved to yet another new town (the 6th town to be exact). This means she was a constant outsider working her way into one flimsy cultural paradigm after another. Despite the inkling that life was possibly one big disappointing lie, it wasn’t in her nature to rage against the “nice, loving, preacher-led, ex-marine family” machine. Instead, she did as she was told.
So, the answer is, “Yes, I played basketball. All the way through college and for a short while in Turkey.” The freak amongst the jocks, she finally hung up her high-tops and moved to New York to feel the creative gristle that’s always made her write like crazy, dance to the sounds of Xerox machines, feel the rhythm of buildings, watch people too much, question everything.
Ms. Williams made 19 long and short-form, dance theater, site-specific and mixed media dance works in New York and abroad. She performed with a few and made a dance film that toured in the US, Brazil, Hong Kong and Japan. That's when she made the switch to film. This time she put away her dance shoes and went west to CalArts for an MFA in film directing.
With all that, she still has an inkling that life is possibly one big disappointing lie, but now tries to play it like an invisible violin, hoping for some answers.