Rich Martini - The Official Site




Welcome to the Official Site of film maker Richard Martini, one of this generation's most promising and innovative film makers.

Out of film school, Martini worked for the renowned Robert Towne. "A bath by fire. Robert was directing his first feature "Personal Best" and I was his dog walker, typed up all the copies of the new pages, and even directed some second unit on the film. Not because he asked me. Because we had a B camera and the editor Bud Smith was whining about stuff he needed to cut the film together - so I snagged the B camera guys and wee shot inserts of clocks and whatnot. Funny story, we were shooting in Eugene Oregon, a crowd of 5000 extras - and the Assistant Directors were treating the extras like. Well, extras, yelling and cajoling them. I on the other hand, was doing mostly comic routines with them, and one day I had to run off to LA and turn in my first script (My Champion with Yoko Shimada). I told the AD I'd be back late on Monday and he said, "Oh, I guess someone else will have to walk the dog." So I wind up at the track field around 10 a.m., and as I walk into the stadium I hear this chanting going on.. "We want Martini." I thought it was a "Twilight Zone" episode. Turns out the extras thought I was fired or something and refused to answer to any of the A.D's. They had been on strike for an hour and refused to budge. So with 5000 people chanting "We want Martini" I walk into the stadium and this huge roar goes up. Robert Towne comes over to me, grabs me by the lapels and says in a purple rage: "Why are you doing this to me?" He thought I had arranged this sit down strike for something - maybe to take over the film. I quickly explained that it must be that the AD's were rude, so he picked up the megaphone and said "You wanted Martini, I brought you Martini. No one on this movie crew is allowed to speak to an extra again.. unless it's through Martini." The crowd went wild. It was odd. It's still odd, even as I recount it"

In 1979, Martini directed "Special Olympian" and earned the Grand Prize in the Mexico City International Film Festival. He Wrote "My Champion," in 1980, followed by "Three For the Road." Wrote and directed. "You Can't Hurry Love," and "Limit Up." Did music and directed "Point of Betrayal," and did music, co-wrote and directed "Cannes Man."

Most Recently, Martini helmed the innovative "Camera Dogme #15". "It's an improvised film - story of a DV camera that gets stolen from a video store and goes on an adventure around the world from the POV of the lens".