TJ Martin is the co-director and academy award winner of the 2012 Best Feature Documentary film UNDEFEATED. Martin’s Oscar win made him the first director of African American descent to receive an Academy Award for a feature length film. Following this achievement, Martin was listed on Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 list alongside prominent African American figures such as President Barack Obama, Professor Cornell West and Lebron James. That same year, Martin also received the award for “Outstanding Achievement in Directing” from the Seattle International Film Festival. His most recent short film MY FAVORITE PICTURE OF YOU received critical acclaim on the festival circuit and was nominated for a Webby Award. Martin and his directing partner have also directed various noteworthy commercials for clients such as Facebook, Prudential, Honey Maid and The United Negro College Fund. In 2014, Honey Maid’s “This is Wholesome” campaign and Prudentials “Chapter two” campaign were both honored with a Gold Lion at the Cannes Lions Festival. Martin is currently in development on two television documentary series and his first feature length scripted film.
Martin was born and raised in Seattle, WA and graduated from Fairhaven College at Western Washington University where he studied American Cultural Studies. He and his directing partner are represented at William Morris Endeavor and managed at Principato-Young. Commercially they are represented by Furlined.