Hey, I'm Marty!

Little Rock, Arkansas

I'm currently in post production on STAY WITH ME, a feature drama that I co-wrote, directed, produced and acted in. And we successfully crowdfunded it here on Seed&Spark!

By day, I'm an Assistant Professor of Film at the University of Central Arkansas. And I make films too! I associate produced THE RIDE, a Web series that premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. I associate produced the Independent Spirit Award-nominated feature OUT OF MY HAND, the first release of Ava DuVernay's ArrayNOW distribution label, and I acted in the horror film AMONG US, which you can see on iTunes and Amazon Prime. I also wrote and directed the feature film RISING STAR, which you can see on Amazon Prime. I created a film workforce training program for the State of Connecticut, and I have both an MFA in Film Production from Florida State University and an MFA in Screenwriting from Cal State Northridge. (And I love pugs, UConn basketball and my niece and nephew.)

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Mildly Different

Maynooth, Ireland Film Short
Drama, Other

An edgy drama about a young woman on the autistic spectrum who struggles w/ all around her until the kindness of one person changes her life

81%

7 days left

355 followers

American Morning

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama

After surviving a mass shooting at his elementary school, a teacher resorts to desperate measures to reconcile his guilt and ignite change.

113%

This project got the green light!

LOLA

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama

When a young woman is blamed for her ailing health due to her size, a life-threatening medical emergency pushes her to advocate for her life

150%

This project got the green light!

Stetson Tenz: Remote Therapist

New York City, New York Film Feature
Comedy, Experimental

Stetson Tenz, an eccentric remote therapist, strives to help Americans during the difficulties (and weirdness) of The Pandemic.

100%

This project got the green light!

Swoontown

Los Angeles, California Film Short
LGBTQ, Satire

While lounging at the pool, Andy falls for Dot, but in order to win Dot over Andy must go on a treasure hunt to prove their character.

132%

This project got the green light!

Stay With Me

Conway, Arkansas Film Feature
Drama

When a young woman begins to struggle with borderline personality disorder, her best friend and boyfriend struggle to help her survive.

104%

This project got the green light!

Daughter

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Drama, Thriller

A young woman is inducted into a bizarre family as their new surrogate daughter.

101%

This project got the green light!

Hysterical

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy

A comedy about recovering from sexual assault.

85%

This project got the green light!

Chickago

New York City, New York Film Feature
Comedy, Musical

Three twenty-somethings attempt to stage Chicago, the musical, which fails hilariously, forcing them to face their demons head on.

80%

This project got the green light!

Buy In

New York City, New York Film Short
Horror, Thriller

a charming young salesman and a strange, lonely traveler who find themselves locked in a struggle for control over their own destinies.

101%

This project got the green light!

Ripe

Chicago, Illinois Film Short
Drama

Three friends role-play through the rest of their lives to expedite maturation and avoid having a mid-life crisis.

104%

This project got the green light!

Side Effect

Salt Lake City, Utah Film Short
Drama, Thriller

A greedy psychiatrist is over-prescribing the drug Panacetlyne when she mysteriously starts exhibiting signs of the side effects herself.

80%

This project got the green light!

The Tip of the Spear

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Horror

After moving to a gentrifying neighborhood, a father-to-be becomes paranoid that his new neighbors are using dark magic against his family.

94%

This project got the green light!

Night Waking

Washington, District of Columbia Film Short
Sci-Fi, LGBTQ

In a dark time, what does it mean to protect your children? A science fiction tale from the Rosenbaum siblings.

104%

This project got the green light!

Daruma

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

PATRICK must enlist the help of his neighbor ROBERT to take the daughter he never knew he had to live with her maternal grandparents.

81%

This project got the green light!

18 1/2 - A Feature Film

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Comedy, Thriller

A Nixon staffer tries to leak the 18 1/2-minute tape in this kick-ass 70s-era Watergate conspiracy thriller/dark comedy.

172%

This project got the green light!

Drought

Wilmington, North Carolina Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

The summer after high school, Sam searches for a better life for herself and younger brother with Autism.

114%

This project got the green light!

Big City, Small World

Deep River, Connecticut Film Short
Romance, LGBTQ

One small change, can make a world of difference

85%

This project got the green light!

Nuestro Camino

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Biography, Drama

In 1971, Alejandro acquired fake passports to cross the Tijuana border, but when his family gets torn apart, he must fight to reunite them.

83%

This project got the green light!

Naked

New York City, New York Film Short
Comedy, Drama

A restless mother seeks to rediscover herself by modeling nude for an art class, and ends up baring more than she planned.

188%

This project got the green light!

Route 91: The Show Must Go On

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Documentary

Route 91 is the story of how one night altered the lives of 22,000 people and how beauty finds a way to emerge from tragedy.

84%

This project got the green light!

Chompy & The Girls

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Comedy, Sci-Fi

A depressed woman meets her father for first time & their encounter goes from awkward to alarming when they witness a man swallow a girl.

80%

This project got the green light!

Just Us Three

Denver, Colorado Film Feature
Documentary

A single mother and her two teenage sons, all on permanent social disability, tell us the stories they tell each other to survive.

80%

This project got the green light!

Born Still

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Western

For the women of the Civil War, the battle to maintain a home can be just as bloody, and even life-threatening.

104%

This project got the green light!

Jacob's Brother

Lake Charles, Louisiana Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

A comedian with bipolar disorder must learn to balance his ambitions with managing his condition or risk losing his family, career, & sanity

104%

This project got the green light!

The Last Stop

New York City, New York Series
Drama, Comedy

What happens to those weird and wonderful New York City subway characters after they leave the train?

102%

This project got the green light!

Like Love

Boise, Idaho Film Feature
Romantic Comedy

An anti-rom-com about a girl who just wants a friend, and the boy who falls for her instead.

100%

This project got the green light!

Agent of Change

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

A secret agent is on a mission to save the future of food, and as a transgender man, save humanity... one gender stereotype at a time.

100%

This project got the green light!

On Story Project

Austin, Texas Series
Film-related Business, Filmmaker Resource

On Story shares passionate discussions about the creative process of storytelling to audiences worldwide for free.

81%

This project got the green light!

Julie Wants a Girlfriend

Orange, California Film Short
Romantic Comedy, LGBTQ

Julie, a young blossoming queer, needs to convince her commitment-shy hookup buddy Austen to be her girlfriend.

84%

This project got the green light!

Second Assault

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Documentary

Twelve years after being sexually assaulted on her college campus, Jillian embarks on a journey to confront the past.

113%

This project got the green light!

FRUIT.

Orange, California Film Short
Horror, Thriller

In a desperate attempt to revitalize her dying vineyard, an elderly widow sets out to sacrifice a young couple in a pagan blood ritual.

112%

This project got the green light!

The Inner Edge

Old Bridge Township, New Jersey Film Feature
Drama, Fantasy

A NJ cop struggling with changes in her life, has to save a suicidal stranger to unlock what powers lie within her.

122%

This project got the green light!

Lost Bayou

Lafayette, Louisiana Film Feature
Drama, Family

A struggling addict ventures out into the Louisiana swamp to discover that her estranged faith healer father is hiding a troubling secret.

118%

This project got the green light!

A Room Full of Nothing

Austin, Texas Film Feature
Adventure, Romance

In this Swiss Army Man meets Eternal Sunshine adventure an artistic couple's life takes a bizarre turn when they wake up alone in the world.

105%

This project got the green light!

A Stray Ember

Lancaster, Pennsylvania Film Feature
Drama, Thriller

The agoraphobic victim of a home invasion takes to the road in a motor home, but a figure from her past threatens her new found freedom.

80%

This project got the green light!

Fantastic Santa Monaco

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Drama, Satire

A film about a group of performance artists who are looking for love, connection and significance in Los Angeles.

80%

This project got the green light!

Amal

Orange, California Film Short
Drama

When a young Syrian refugee living in America witnesses her mother being discriminated against, she begins to question her cultural identity

80%

This project got the green light!

By River's Edge

Orange, California Film Short
Sci-Fi, Family

A grandfather with Alzheimer's disease rediscovers his dream of reaching the moon when a mysterious, strange girl knocks at his front door.

112%

This project got the green light!

Exposure

Pepin, Wisconsin Film Feature
Romance, LGBTQ

Two women set off on separate journeys of self-reflection and contemplation. What happened between them? How did the relationship die?

100%

This project got the green light!

RIVER

Orange, California Film Short
Drama, LGBTQ

River is a film about how gender defines our world . Our main character River must choose between conforming to society or co

92%

This project got the green light!

About a Donkey

New York City, New York Film Feature
Comedy, LGBTQ

A quirky ensemble comedy about growing up, about growing old, and about a donkey.

108%

This project got the green light!

Going Mental

Orange, California Film Short
Drama, Musical

Two students find the right way to fit in while dealing with social anxiety and depression, connecting through a band they both listen to.

100%

This project got the green light!

Annabelle Crane

Orange, California Film Short
Drama, Mystery

The story of a novelist who searches for inspiration at a writer's retreat, only to run into the workings of her own mind.

102%

This project got the green light!

Bald Eagle - A Chapman Thesis Film

Orange, California Film Short
Drama

Ben, a recent high school graduate, reconciles with his family history and the adult he is becoming with the help of his grandpa, Goomps.

81%

This project got the green light!

A Dance of Lust & Calculus

Orange, California Film Short
Comedy, Drama

A programmer obsessed with building computer models of the dead as a form of grief therapy opens up when he forms a connection with a client

103%

This project got the green light!

Mother Of The Year

Orange, California Film Short
Comedy

Sam, loving mother of two, is a hot mess. When she disappoints those who matter most, Grandma Liz shares her secret to motherhood - cocaine.

80%

This project got the green light!

F*ck Yes Series

Los Angeles, California Series
Romance, Comedy

F*ck Yes! is what affirmative consent sounds like. Sex made hotter. SoSFW (sort of Safe For Work.)

133%

This project got the green light!

Intrepid

Orange, California Film Short
Adventure, Fantasy

An overly ambitious witch named Hazel attempts to steal Merlin's book of spells from her school's library.

100%

This project got the green light!

Broad Strokes

Orange, California Film Short
Comedy, LGBTQ

As young filmmakers, we aim to tell stories full of energy, grounded in familiar emotion, and relevant to a 21st century audience.

108%

This project got the green light!

Where You Burn It

Orange, California Film Short
Drama, Romance

An aspiring photographer must decide between pursuing his dream of going to California or staying to fix his deteriorating relationship.

83%

This project got the green light!

Many Faces

Orange, California Film Short
Drama, Thriller

A daughter sets out to find the truths of her mother’s past and re-establish their relationship broken by her mother’s time spent in an asyl

80%

This project got the green light!

Don't Talk About the Baby

Washington, District of Columbia Film Feature
Documentary

There shouldn't be a stigma surrounding miscarriage, stillbirth or infertility. This has happened to someone you know--Let's talk about it.

95%

This project got the green light!

The Low End

Chicago, Illinois Film Feature
Thriller, Experimental

The story of a young man forced to make a risky deal for his lover's happiness unfolding in forward and reverse chronological order.

81%

This project got the green light!

Tangerine Juice Fund

New York City, New York Company
Film-related Business

The Tangerine Juice Fund is crowd sourced fund supporting 1st and 2nd time women feature film directors. Donations are tax deductible.

107%

This project got the green light!

"Chambers"

New York City, New York Film Short
Horror, Thriller

A group of "Strangers" locked into a deadly game of Russian Roulette play the game of their lives. 6 chambers, 5 people, 1 bullet.

104%

This project got the green light!

Whining Low

Orange, California Film Short
Thriller, Western

While working at a Texas gas station, an undocumented immigrant faces the dilemma of compromising her status in order to stop a kidnapping.

90%

This project got the green light!

BRIDES TO BE

Seattle, Washington Film Feature
LGBTQ, Thriller

The night before their wedding, two women battle sinister forces to save themselves, and each other.

112%

This project got the green light!

Money & Violence Season 2

Brooklyn, New York Series
Crime, Drama

Money & Violence is an in-depth look at the line where survival meets responsibility.

90%

This project got the green light!

See You On the Other Side

Seattle, Washington Film Short
Romance, Sci-Fi

Love is a superpower.

111%

This project got the green light!

"Slut: A Documentary Film"

California, United States
Documentary

Sharing personal stories to explore how we can work toward a world that embraces female sexuality and supports victims of sexual assault.

103%

This project got the green light!

Five-Fingered Lucy

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama

A kleptomaniac on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

94%

This project got the green light!

Funeral Day

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

A man skips his friend’s funeral in an attempt to start living his own life to the fullest.

81%

This project got the green light!

Assassin

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
LGBTQ, Thriller

The story of an assassin, a job gone wrong and the woman she never expected to fall in love with.

84%

This project got the green light!

The Videoblogs

Brooklyn, New York Film Feature
Drama

A feature film about a lonely young woman who reaches out through The Screen.

108%

This project got the green light!

CongestedCat Shorts

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, LGBTQ

Character-driven, stereotype breaking short films about loss from the creators of 'Kelsey.'

120%

This project got the green light!

Time Signature

Brooklyn, New York Film Short
Sci-Fi

Danielle meets her favorite guitarist, Astra, who reveals that she is a time-traveler.

100%

This project got the green light!

Rez

New York, United States Film Short
Drama

An Ojibwe boy searches for a safe place for he and his young sister on the Leech Lake reservation.

118%

This project got the green light!

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