Martha: A Picture Story
World Premiere

Martha: A Picture Story

This Used to be New York
| Australia, USA, Germany, Brazil | 81 MINUTES | English | English subtitles
Documentary, Art, Biography
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

Cast & Credits
Directed by
Selina Miles
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.
Selina Miles
Daniel Joyce
Selina Miles
Michael Latham
Adit Gauchan, Vincent Goodyer
Simon Njoo
Executive Producer
Jennifer Peedom
Bethany Bruce
Sound Designer
Lachlan Harris
Original Music
Adit Gauchan
Martha Cooper

US Sales Contact
Matthew Burke
Submarine Entertainment
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212 625 1410
Print Source
Daniel Joyce
Projector Films
Erskinville, 2043
Phone: +61 403 354 043
International Sales Contact
Matthew Burke
Submarine Entertainment
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212 625 1410
Press Contact
Emma Griffiths
Brooklyn, New York 11215
Phone: 9178060599


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