4:30pm SATURDAY, September 28th — Documentary Short Film Block

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(Documentary, United States, 30 minutes)

Martin Hill: Camera Man is the story of an unlikely curator of iconic Hollywood film cameras. For over 40 years, Martin collected cast-off film equipment from the big motion picture studios. He was a savvy broker/dealer/hoarder of Hollywood’s antiquated film production gear and discarded scrap. Martin trucked his “treasures” back east from Hollywood and stored everything in a leaking, dilapidated, former bowling alley in his back yard in Midland, North Carolina.

There are no collections in the world that rivals Martin’s cinematic treasures. Cameras that lensed iconic movies such as, The Ten Commandments, The Grapes of Wrath, Gone With the Wind, Rocky, Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey and countless other Academy Award winning features are crammed into Martin’s leaking, building. His most prized possession is Charlie Chaplin’s personal camera, purchased by Chaplin in 1917. It’s a 35mm Bolex that framed Hollywood’s earliest films, including The Gold Rush and The Kid.

Director / Producer, Joanne Hock and Editor/cinematographer John Disher embarked on a ten-year journey with Martin, documenting and telling this story of passion and preservation, obsession and compulsion, unmet expectations, sacrifice and disappointment as Martin Hill took on the task of being the sole guardian of this magnificent Hollywood Camera collection.

RATING: Intended for Teen Audiences or older


Director: Joanne Hock

Three-time Emmy Award winner Joanne Hock is a passionate and prolific storyteller. With more than 30 years in this ever-changing industry – and among a small population of women to break the glass ceiling in directing and cinematography, Joanne’s career continues to expand and grow.

Joanne has written and directed 5 feature films. Her most recent movie, When We Last Spoke is a drama set in 1966 and stars Academy Award winner – Cloris Leachman, veteran actress Melissa Gilbert and daring newcomer Darby Camp. Other features include the critically acclaimed Trinity Goodheart for UpTV, The Ultimate Legacy for The Hallmark Channel, Just Grace and Redneck Roots.

Joanne’s documentary projects include: The James B. Duke Story, Charles Cannon, A Mind for Business and In the Footsteps of Elie Wiesel. Recently Joanne completed two notable pop-culture documentaries, audience award winning favorite, Purple Dreams, and Martin Hill: Camera Man.