2018 NAACP Image Award Nominations
In December of 2016, Marta was nominated for a NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for her direction on the episode "Exciting and New" on Amazon's "Transparent".
In May of 2016 Marta was selected to participate in the Film Two Initiative Program. Sundance has significanty expanded its signature artist development programs to include support for second-time film makers. The program will be led by the Institute's renowned Feature Film Program, with the support from Founding Partner NBC Universal.
Sundance Institute Announces New 'FilmTwo' Initiative to Support Second-Time Feature Filmmakers
Marta Cunningham participates in discussion for Ford Foundation's Just Films
Marta & "Valentine Road" receive News and Documentary Emmy Award Nominations
Marta Cunningham and "Valentine Road" have been nominated for 2 News and Documentary Emmy Awards. "Valentine Road" was nominated for Best Documentart and Outstanding Coverage of a News Story - Long Form. The winners of the 35th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards will be announced in September.
"Valentine Road" coming to DVD & iTunes June 3rd
"Valentine Road" will be available on DVD and iTunes June 3rd. Click the link below to order via Amazon.com.
Is "Valentine Road" One of the Best Documentaries Ever Made?
Alice Lytton, March 2014
"Cunningham achieves such a subtle, sucker-punch of a film by drawing together the tenacity of an investigative journalist with the narrative sensibilities of the finest noveleists. [...] 'Valentine Road' announces Cunningham as a singular talent. It is exhilarating to consider what she might bring us next."
GLAAD Media Awards Nomination for "Valentine Road"
"Valentine Road" is one of five documentaries nominated for Outstanding Documentary at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.
Re-Imagining Civil Rights: Marta Cunningham at TEDxOlympicBlvdWomen
Watch Marta Cunningham's powerful Ted Talks speech.
Heroines of Cinema: Marta Cunningham Explains the Valentine's Tragedy That Turned Her Into a Filmmaker
Matthew Hammett Knott, February 2014
"I never wanted to make a film that was preaching to the choir. We have to start a dialogue in our country if we’re really going to change things - make films that really question our morals and ethics. We can’t just keep burying our heads in the sand."
Where to rewatch "Valentine Road"
If you would like to rewatch "Valentine Road" or recommend it to a friend there are several options available. HBO reairs the documentary from time to time and it can also be found on HBO On Demand through your cable provider. The film can also be watched online with your HBO subscription via HBOgo.com. The film continues to play at film festivals as well.
Faced with Too Many Oscar-Qualifying Docs, Where Should Voters Begin?
Tim Gray, November 2013
At Least 5 Oscar-Qualifying Documentaries This Year Were Directed by Black Women - Are You Watching?
Jai Tiggett, November 2013
'Valentine Road' Director Marta Cunningham on Her HBO Doc
Ramin Setoodeh, October 2013
Marta's Q&A with Ramin Setoodeh.
Marta's MSNBC interview for "Valentine Road"
Marta's interview on MSNBC's "Live with Thomas Roberts".
'Valentine Road' offers clear-eyed view of Larry King murder
Mary McNamara, October 2013
"Marta Cunningham's documentary "Valentine Road" is a profoundly disturbing and extremely effective attempt to make us stop in our tracks and try to answer the questions we so patly ask."
'Valentine Road' is paved with tragedy
Claudia Puig, October 2013
"Haunting, heartfelt and even-handed, Valentine Road should be required viewing in teaching tolerance on middle-school and high-school campuses."
HBO's 'Valentine Road' Screening Causes Major Commotion
Addie Morfoot, October 2013
"HBO’s Oct. 3 screening of “Valentine Road” caused a major commotion — as in audience members’ heckling the screen in disbelief. Throughout the 90-minute film about the 2008 murder of transgender eighth-grade student, Lawrence “Larry” King, a steady stream of ”No!” and ”Are you kidding me?” filled the intimate screening room at HBO’s headquarters."
Review: Murder of gay teen memorialized in 'Valentine Road'
Gary Goldstein, October 2013
" The film, which also airs Monday on HBO, should be required viewing for teens, educators and anyone concerned with the potentially devastating effects of intolerance. [...] Cunningham masterfully weaves a kind of cinematic memorial quilt to King..."
The Constrained Elegance of Room 104
Some loving words on Marta's episode of the HBO series Room 104, "My Love" , in The New Republic article written by Rachel Sym.
While other installments of the show are not as jarring or propulsive as the micro-horror stories, I found myself admiring the show for taking big, sentimental swings around the room. “My Love” stars Philip Baker Hall and Ellen Geer as a couple in their eighties trying to rekindle their youthful passion, and it is poignant to watch octogenarians fumble with their bodies like hungry teenagers. The episode is directed with a deep tenderness by Marta Cunningham, who made the heartbreaking HBO documentary Valentine Road about a murdered transgender teenager.