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042 T.J Martin: On Humanizing our Experiences

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TJ Martin is an Academy Award and Emmy Award winning director and editor.  His works include the feature films LA92, UNDEFEATED and the Webby nominated short film MY FAVORITE PICTURE OF YOU.  


In 2015, Martin gave a talk at TEDx on Orcas Island, Washington, titled “Reimagining America’s Culture Narrative”, in which he used his own experiences to discuss race and diversity in the film and television industry.    

Martin was born and raised in Seattle, WA and graduated from Fairhaven College at Western Washington University where he studied American Cultural Studies.

Show Notes:

In my conversation with T.J we explored a range of topics.  From his journey to becoming a director to his personal experience of winning an Academy Award and the response that came surrounding his mixed race.  

We talked about his experience of being able to be both a chameleon and being "exotic" and getting asked the question What are you? Where are you from?

T.J shares some of his creative process and elaborates on his belief that story must come first.

His aim with his work to get people to Feel then Think.  

Please check out T.J's work all his link are below as well as things we spoke about in the show.  

Music and Mixing: Nick Bauman

Musical credits:

Cut 1:

75 Dollar Bill- WZN #4: Live at Monty Hall, 10/7/2017

Cut 2:

The Defibulaturs: Get your Papers; live at WFMU's Monty Hall 11/20/2015

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