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Actor Martinez

Mike Ott, Nathan Silver
USA 2016 / 75’

Arthur Martinez is a computer technician and an out-of-work actor. While not lacking in enthusiasm or ambition, calls from his agent are few and far between. Instead of becoming discouraged, however, Arthur decides to hire a couple of directors (Ott and Silver) to shoot a film ... about him. It soon becomes clear the protagonist's real life is not nearly as interesting as it might have seemed. And so the the directors make a few dramatic decisions in order to shake things up. As a result of their benevolent intervention, they give Arthur's real-life girlfriend a role in the film. And thanks to a series of probing questions, they come to learn a lot of intimate details about him. When it seems like everything is going according to plan, however, the line between fiction and reality starts to blur, and Arthur, wracked with doubt, desperately tries to make his escape. A review in "The New Yorker" says Ott and Silver display as much craft and cleverness, narrative coordination and a cultivated nose for imminent drama, as they do a daring flair for technique. Regulars at the American Film Festival in Wrocław, Ott and Silver submitted an earlier version of the film for the US in Progress event at the festival in 2015. The final product made its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and its U.S. premiere at the Tribeca Festival.

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Nathan Silver

He graduated from the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. His debut short, Anecdote, was shown at Slamdance, and his latest films, Uncertain Terms and Stinking Heaven, were screened at the American Film Festival in Wrocław. Silver loves to improvise on-set, using amateur actors and mixed genres. His inspirations include Dostoevsky's novels and films by directors such as Mike Leigh, Eric Rohmer, and Andrzej Zulawski. "Filmmaker Magazine" named him one of the most interesting of a younger generation of independent American directors. He was a guest at the American Film Festival in both 2014 and 2015, and he took part in US in Progress.

Filmography

2009 The Blind

2012 Exit Elena

2013 Soft In the Head

2014 Czas niepewności / Uncertain Terms

2015 Stinking Heaven

2016 Actor Martinez

Mike Ott

He completed his film studies at the California Institute of the Arts. His second full-length feature film, Littlerock, won the Audience Award at the AFI Fest and an Independent Spirit Award in the Someone to Watch category. His more recent films, Pearblossom Hwy and Lake Los Angeles, were screened at the American Film Festival in Wrocław. Ott teaches film direction at the University of Southern California. He was a guest at the American Film Festival in both 2013 and 2015, and he also took part in US in Progress.

Filmography

2006 Analog Days

2010 Littlerock

2011 Kid Icarus (doc.)

2012 Pearblossom Hwy

2014 Lake Los Angeles

2015 Lancaster, Ca (short)

2016 Actor Martinez

2016 California Dreams

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Cast & Crew

director Mike Ott, Nathan Silver
screenplay Nathan Silver, Mike Ott
cinematography Adam J. Minnick
editing Adam Ginsberg
music Paul Grimstad
cast Arthur Martinez, Lindsay Burdge, Mike Ott, Nathan Silver, Kenneth Berba, Rae Radke
producer Katie Shapiro, Patrick Hackett, Britta Erickson
production Mary Jane Films
sales Mary Jane Films
language English
colouration colour