Film / Animation / Video


Martha Swetzoff

on sabbatical 2016/17 

Martha Swetzoff has an eclectic background in media design and production including film, video design for theater, CD-ROM and Web projects. She has made several short films and videotapes as an independent director/producer, which have been shown in the US and abroad. She has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts (Media Arts), the LEF Foundation, the Kapor Family Foundation, the MA Cultural Council and the New England Regional Fellowship program.

In addition to her own projects, Swetzoff has worked on such diverse works as Dream OnLeona’s Sister GerriLiving at Risk: The Story of a Nicaraguan FamilyE.O. Wilson: Reflections on a Life in Science, the Addison Gallery of American Art’s videodisc Harold TovishRadio Interference, an interactive performance piece by Antenna Theater, the Laramie Project, Talking Heads’ Burning Down the House and Robert Wilson’s theater piece The CIVIL WARS. She was creative director for the CD-ROM magazine LAUNCH and a web-only art event by Yoko Ono. Swetzoff graduated cum laude from Harvard and earned an MS from the MIT Media Laboratory.

Swetzoff's hour-long documentary, Theme: Murder, screened in festivals from Hawaii to Greece and received the following awards: 

Chicago Intl. Film Festival, Silver Hugo Award

The New Festival (New York Gay & Lesbian Festival) co-presented with Human Rights Watch, Best Documentary Award

New England Film and Video Festival, Special Jury Award

Figueira da Foz International Festival of Cinema, Intl. Critics Jury Award

National Educational Media Network, Gold Apple Award


In addition, Theme: Murder screened at:

Harvard Film Archive, Harvard University

Bay State Correctional Facility (to inmates)

Anthology Film Archives, New York City

Laemmle Theaters, Los Angeles


Broadcast on WGBH

Selected for INPUT