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 On, Leona’s Sister Gerri, Living at Risk: The Story of a Nicaraguan Family, E.O. Wilson: Reflections on a Life in Science, the Addison Gallery of American Art’s videodisc Harold Tovish, Radio 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