David Martinez


Public bio

David Martinez is a writer, filmmaker and political activist originally from San Antonio, Texas, currently (2012) based in San Francisco, California. His work is about everything from animated bird corpses to Sudanese revolutionaries, but it usually involves radical politics and social movements. He has worked as a videographer in Indonesia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Darfur, and Iraq, where he filmed inside besieged Fallujah in 2004. His movies have screened everywhere from small community centers in the Midwest to film festivals in Europe. His writing has been published in The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Filmmaker Magazine, CounterPunch, CorpWatch, and Islam Online. He has worked in documentary production with Hector Galan and Billy Nessen, feature film production with directors Richard Linklater, John Sayles, and Jimmy Mendiola, and worked as an actor in the film Waking Life, directed by Linklater. Martinez holds an M.F.A. in Film and Video Production from the University of Texas at Austin. He has also been employed as a school teacher, social worker, bike messenger, and taxi driver.