Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Camila Martins moved to the U.S. in 1998 to attend college in North Carolina, graduating with a degree in Advertising and Psychology. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Camila has acquired vast hands-on production experience through her work in TV commercial production – for clients like Boeing, Procter & Gamble, MacDonald’s, and many other high caliber brands. After a few years in this industry, however, Camila began to look for more meaning than mass consumption and commercialism. She then set out to make a career out of her passion for documentary films. In March, 2006, she won her first award as a documentary director in the first International Documentary Competition in which teams form around the globe had five days to make a short documentary, from conception to completion. The film, entitled “Chains,” told the history of hip-hop from its roots in Jamaica to the streets of the Bronx and its relationship to slavery and freedom. Through a graffiti mural painted in real time and shot using time-lapse photography, the film documented the creation of a legitimate street art piece. “Chains” is featured on Al Gore’s CurrentTV and CurrentTV.com where it has been viewed over 1,000 times. Also in 2006, Camila was invited to be a programmer for the Los Angeles Short Film Festival, the world’s largest short film festival-showcasing over 500 films. She is currently directing The Row and developing two other documentary projects to be shot in South Africa (Johannesburg post Apartheid pre World Cup) and Brazil (the Brazilian Hip-Hop movement).
Tribeca All Access® | 2008