Paige Martinez

Phoenix, Arizona, United States


Accomplished documentary filmmaker, Paige Martínez, has made several award winning documentaries for public television. Among them are Los Mineros, for the American Experience (Associate Producer) a film about Mexican-American copper miners and their fight for equal wages; Youth at Risk, a story about the California Juvenile Justice system and the Emmy nominated, Rebels with a Cause, about young activists working in the Los Angeles Conservation Corps to address issues that contribute to poverty. Paige produced, directed and wrote both films for the Los Angeles PBS station, KAET as part of the Life and Times series. Both films received unusually high ratings in East and South Central Los Angeles; Working under Executive Producer, Henry Hampton, Paige directed and produced, In Service to America, a one-hour segment for the PBS series, America’s War on Poverty for which she received a Cine Golden Eagle and the Columbia School of Journalism DuPont Award; Paige’s documentary, El Senador, on New Mexico U.S. Senator Dennis Chávez, was screened on capitol hill for members of the U.S. congress at a reception given by the minority caucus. Chávez introduced and then fought a 21-day filibuster for the Fair Employment Practices Act (1943), which laid the foundation for the 1964 Civil Rights Act. During the 1950’s at the height of the Cold War, Chávez was an outspoken critic of Sen. Joseph McCarthy and helped lead the effort to censure McCarthy in the United States Senate. The program was aired on PBS. Paige Martinez also was the writer, director and producer Words of Our Ancients, an hour-length PBS documentary on the Hopi people’s efforts to retain cultural sovereignty during the late 19th century. This film showed at the Sundance Film Festival and was financed in part by CPB and the Native Public Broadcasting Consortium. From 2002 to 2011 Paige managed and directed her family business, a media and document management firm, and was also part owner and marketing director of a medical spa in Phoenix, Arizona. Most of Paige’s documentary film work has focused on the history, culture, and social issues in her native southwest: California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. The one exception is Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, Brotherhood of the Knights of the Wine-Tasting Cup, a short documentary on an exclusive club of Burgundy wine enthusiasts which she produced and directed in Manhattan and the Côte d’Or region in Burgundy, France. Paige Martinez is a graduate of NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, in Filmmaking.