Actor Martinez
Dreaming of fame and fortune, a local Denver actor hires two indie filmmakers to come to town and make a film with him as the star.


Being in show business is tough, but being an actor in Denver is tougher, so when performer and full-time computer repairman, Arthur Martinez, hires two indie filmmakers to make a feature film with him as the lead, he realizes he’s in over his head. “You guys have ruined my life,” Arthur says one moment immediately following with, “This is the best film I’ll ever be in.” The filmmakers scrap the genre film Arthur had intended them to make — instead quickly designing an entirely new project based around his real-life persona, which becomes more and more elusive as the production steams ahead. Once Arthur realizes what the filmmakers are up to, his protective measure is to hide behind a mask, keeping the filmmakers questioning: are any of Arthur’s moments on camera truthful or is it all just a performance in the end?

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Montclair Film Festival: 29 April – 8 May, 2016Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 4.01.18 PM

Jeonju Film Festival: 28 April – 7 May, 2016 Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 4.01.18 PM

Actor Martinez had its US Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival: 13 April – 24 April, 2016.Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 4.01.18 PM

Actor Martinez had its World Premiere at the 45th International Film Festival Rotterdam: 27 January – 7 February, 2016.


Actor Martinez won US IN PROGRESS Distribution Prize at the American Film Festival in Poland: 20 October – 25 October, 2015)


THE FILM STAGE, May 4th, 2016
Actor Martinez, Montclair 2016 Review, By John Fink


NO FILM SCHOOL, April 28th, 2016
Is Tribeca the New Premiere Destination for American Movies? [PODCAST], By Emily Buder


MOVEABLE FEST, April 27th, 2016
“Tribeca ’16 Interview: Nathan Silver, Arthur Martinez & Lindsay Burdge on Art Imitating Life In ‘Actor Martinez'”, By Stephen Saito

ART INFO, April 26th, 2016
“The 6 Best Films Amid the Dreck at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival”, By Craig Hubert


HAMMER TO NAIL, April 26th, 2016
“Jesse Klein’s 2016 Tribeca Film Fest Wrap-Up”, By Jess Klein


NO FILM SCHOOL, April 26th, 2016
“Why Shooting Reality-Fiction Blur ‘Actor Martinez’ was ‘Like Being on LSD'”, By Emily Buder


WE GOT THIS COVERED, April 25th, 2016
Review by Zachary Shevich


THE PLAYLIST, April 23rd, 2016
Review by Katie Walsh


FILMPULSE, April 21st, 2016
Review by Adam Patterson


HAMMER TO NAIL, April 20th, 2016
Review by Michael McWay


WAY TOO INDIE, April 18th, 2016
“Lindsay Burdge and Arthur Martinez on Blurring the Lines of Fiction and Documentary in ‘Actor Martinez'”, By Zachary Shevich


THE NEW YORKER, April 18th issue
“The World’s A Stage”, By Richard Brody, April 16th, 2016
Review: Actor Martinez


CORRIENTELATINA.COM, April 15thth, 2016
Review by Lee Romero


Getty Images, April 15th, 2016
“Actor Martinez” Premiere — 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, April 15th, 2016
“At Tribeca: ACTOR MARTINEZ” by Mark Asch


UPROXX, April 15th, 2016
Review by Charles Bramesco


“A Look at Tribeca Film Festival Selections”, By Steve Dollar


UPROXX, April 13th, 2016
“Tribeca Film Festival: Six Films We’re Looking Forward To Seeing”, By Mike Ryan and Charles Bramesco


IndieWire, April 12th, 2016
“Tribeca: 11 Potential Breakthrough Actors to Check Out at Thes Year’s Festival”; April 12th, 2016
“Indie Filmmaking Plays Itself: Actor Martinez”


VILLAGE VOICE, April 12th, 2016
“The Best of Tribeca: The Movies Not to Miss at a Fest Coming Into Its Own”, By Bilge Ebiri


NEW YORK POST, April 11th, 2016
“Get off your couch and go to the Tribeca Film Festival”, by John Crudele


“Choosing What to See at Tribeca Film Festival”, By Richard Brody


“Seeking Discoveries: Tribeca Film Fest celebrates 15th year with new and traditional forms of storytelling”, By Doris Toumarkine


VARIETY, March 2nd, 2016
“Tribeca Film Festival Unveils 2016 Competition Slate”, By Gordon Cox


“Tribeca Film Festival 2016 Unveils First Half of Lineup”, By Ashley Lee


INDIEWIRE, March 2nd, 2016
“2016 Tribeca Film Festival Lineup: 6 Hidden Gems”, By Eric Kohn


THE WRAP, March 2nd, 2016
“Tribeca Film Festival Lineup to Feature Paul Rudd, Kristen Stewart and Yep, James Franco Too”, By Steve Pond


DEADLINE, March 2nd, 2016
“Tribeca Film Festival Releases Competition Slate”, By Greg Evans


TRIBECA FILM, March 2nd, 2016
“Tribeca 2016 Announces Lineups for Competition Programs (US Narrative, International Narrative, World Documentary) & Viewpoints”, By Editors


Cast and Crew




After a successful run in advertising, Arthur took an acting class and never looked back. Today Arthur works full time in film and is enjoying his 12th year of performing. When he is not acting, Arthur practices Tai Chi and works on computers. Arthur also publishes Fresh Film News to promote local film artists.




LINDSAY most recently starred opposite Peter Vack in director Harris Atkins’ film LACE CRATER, which premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Prior to that, LINDSAY starred in the Hannah Fidell film, A TEACHER, which premiered in the NEXT section at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and screened at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. LINDSAY’s performance was highlighted by both IndieWire and Verge Magazine as one of “10 Actors to Watch in Park City.” She stars in Hannah Fidell’s next film, 6 YEARS, which premiered at the 2015 SXSW festival. The film was executive produced by Mark and Jay Duplass and stars Taissa Farmiga, Ben Rosenfield, Joshua Leanard, Vack, Jennifer Lafleuer, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, and Molly McMichael.

LINDSAY played opposite Logan Marshall Green, Michiel Huisman and Tammy Blanchard in Karyn’s Kusama’s THE INVITATION, which also premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. In the family drama, THE MIDNIGHT SWIM, LINDSAY stars in Sarah Adina Smith’s directorial debut which went on to win several awards, such as the Best Film Award at the 2014 Starz Denver Film Festival.

LINDSAY made her debut acting performance in Ben Dickinson’s FIRST WINTER, which played at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.  LINDSAY has worked on the other side of the camera as well, as both a producer and casting director on festival favorites such as GIMME THE LOOT and LILY.




Nathan Silver graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2005. Since then he has written and directed five short films and six feature films, including Soft in the Head (2013), Uncertain Terms (2014), and Stinking Heaven (2015). His films have played in countless festivals around the world, including Locarno, New York, Rotterdam, Viennale, Vancouver, AFI, Torino, Munich, and BAFICI and venues including MoMA and the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City.




Mike Ott studied under Thom Andersen at Cal Arts where he received his MFA degree in Film/Video.  He recently completed his desert trilogy which includes the films: Littlerock, Pearblossom Hwy, and Lake Los Angeles. Mike’s films have won numerous awards, including an Audience Award at AFI Fest, a Gotham Award and an Independent Spirit Award.




Adam J. Minnick is an American Director of Photography who resides in Austin, Texas and is known for his work on films such as Buzzard (2014), The Alchemist Cookbook (2016) and The Untitled Denver Project (2016). Minnick studied Photography (B.F.A.) at Colorado State University and continued working in still and motion photography in both film and digital media, including short films, music videos and narrative features.



Production Design

Grace Sloan received a B.A. in Cinema from San Francisco State University and a M.A. in Liberal Studies from The New School for Social Research. She discovered her love of the art department while Art Directing Leah Meyerhoff’s I Believe in Unicorns, which was acquired by Gravitas Ventures in 2014 and has since production designed Nathan Silver’s Uncertain Terms, the Tanlines music video Palace, and over 20 shorts and commercials. When not designing, she prop shops for Saturday Night Live. Grace is also an experimental filmmaker whose short film Tease premiered at the Telluride Film Festival.




Gerald D. Rossini is a sometimes director of photography and editor. Among his most recent credits are the films Red FlagMarvin Seth and StanleyStinking Heaven (Directed by Nathan Silver, 2015), and Tired Moonlight (Slamdance Jury Award Winner, New Directors/New Films) as well as the upcoming 7 Chinese Brothers starring Jason Schwartzman. He also shot Dustin Guy Defa’s award-winning short film, Person to Person (Sundance, SXSW, Berlinale, New Directors/New Films).



Casting Director

Nicole Arbusto is an independent Casting Director and has cast a variety of independent films which have premiered at film festivals in the U.S and abroad. Her most recent film 31 written and directed by Rob Zombie, will premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. In TV she recently finished casting Animals, a new animated show premiering on HBO in early 2016. She also casts for theater and has an 12 year association with the Ojai Playwrights Conference, working with playwrights and directors in the development of new work.

Nicole is also Co-Captain of Narrative Features Programming for the Slamdance Film Festival. She is a graduate of Smith College.




Britta, as the Festival Director for the Denver Film Society, oversees the Denver Film Festival, Stanley Film Festival, Film on the Rocks (outdoor summer music & film series) and the Filmmaker Focus program. Britta has served on numerous film festival juries around the country including SXSW and serves on the advisory boards for SeriesFest and Mile High MFA at Regis University. Prior to joining DFS, Britta was the founding executive director of the Acoma Center, a non-profit performing arts venue in downtown Denver where she co-founded the nationally recognized Curious Theatre Company.

She holds a B.A. in Communications (Broadcast Journalism) with a minor in Art History from Southern Methodist University where she also did graduate work in Art History. Britta has consulted on hundreds of film projects and produced the documentary Rolling Papers (Directed by Mitch Dickman, 2015), which was acquired by Alchemy straight from its SXSW premiere as well as the documentary, Convention (Directed by AJ Schnack, 2009), which sold to IFC Films and Sundance Channel.




Katie is the founder and principal of Katie Shapiro Media, a boutique firm specializing in publicity for films and film festivals. Past clients include: The Syndrome (Directed by Meryl Goldsmith, 2014), Code Black (Directed by Ryan McGarry, 2013), Hanna Ranch (Directed by Mitch Dickman, 2012), The Lost Bird Project (Directed by Deborah Dickson, 2012), Aspen Film, Stanley Film Festival, Denver Film Festival and Women+Film Voices Film Festival. Katie also produced the documentary Rolling Papers (Directed by Mitch Dickman, 2015), which was acquired by Alchemy after its SXSW premiere. In 2010, she co-founded the first official young patrons extension of the Denver Film Society, Reel Social Club, and sat on the DFS’ board of directors for the past six years. Katie holds a B.S. in Business from Miami University (Oxford, OH) and an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Colorado (Boulder).




Heika Burnison graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Critical Studies and Architecture. She then received her M.A. in Specialized Journalism from the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism; her Masters Thesis examined the video work of French Contemporary artist Mathilde Rosier. For the several years Heika worked as a Creative Director and freelance writer. She returned to USC to earn her M.F.A. in Film & TV Production, with an emphasis in Directing and Producing. In addition to co-founding and serving as EP for the boutique LA sound studio White Light Audio, Heika produces a variety of film and music video projects, including the feature films California Dreams (2016), Lake Los Angeles (2015), and Pearblossom Hwy (2014). Heika is a Film Independent Screenwriting Fellow.




Patrick is a Denver-based filmmaker having written and directed numerous short films, with Slave to the Grind and Raising Republic, earning festival acceptances. A graduate of the Vancouver Film School, his films draw heavily on his Midwest upbringing, focusing on ordinary people in extraordinary situations. When he’s not working on his own projects, he works as a freelance Line Producer on both feature and short films. If Patrick isn’t on set, he’s either back at the movie theater gaining inspiration, at a local music venue listening to live music or playing the drums.



Additional Editing

Jordan Ledy is an editor who grew up in New York City before moving to Los Angeles to earn his MFA in Film Production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Prior to working on Actor Martinez, Jordan edited the feature film Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha, which was executive produced by James Franco, as well as several USC thesis films, including A Better Place Than This, Babylon Beach, Shoot the Saxophone Player, and Cyberbullied.

He also edited Ross Cohen’s commercial Fire & Ice, which won the Porsche Panamera Thrilling Contradictions contest. Recently he directed the short documentary It’s Better In Italian, which won Best Student Film, Best Student Documentary, and was runner-up for the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2015 Palm Springs International Shortfest. Currently, Jordan returns to collaborate with Mike Ott and Heika Burnison on the feature documentary California Dreams. Apart from filmmaking, Jordan is an avid jazz guitarist and makes a mean spaghetti carbonara.



UPM & Associate Producer

Christina was born and raised in Redlands, California.  She studied film and physics at Barnard College in New York City then returned to California to enroll in the MFA program at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.  While studying, she began producing music videos, and multimedia projects. Christina is a recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s production grant for her directing work.