April Martin is a self-described ARTIVIST- an activist that uses any medium necessary to create art for social change. The camera is her primary tool of resistance. Her photographs and videos take a critical view of social, political and cultural phenomena. They viscerally take the viewer into the action whether at a protest of black women bearing their breasts as a symbol of resistance, night club full of queer people of color partying with strippers or the quiet pain of life in Flint post-water poisoning.
She is co-director of the feature length documentary, Cincinnati Goddamn, released in 2015, and currently featured in film festivals and universities around the country. Through news reports, first-person accounts, and cinema verité footage, the film traces protests in response to deaths of 15 African American men at the hands of Cincinnati police from 1995 to 2001. Martin has created other short documentaries with a range of subject matter that includes the devastation and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, young women’s health in underprivileged communities, the Kerry James Marshall’s Rythm Mastr Exhibition at the Wexner Center for the Arts.
Paul Hill is an award-winning editor and filmmaker. He joined the Wexner Center’s Film/Video Studio Program in 1996 where he edits with world-renowned visiting artists. In 2002 he completed Myth of Father, a documentary about the complexities of his relationship with his transgendered father. The film has been screened and won awards at festivals worldwide and is now being distributed by Frameline in San Francisco. Through the Film/Video Studio Program, Hill has edited and mixed sound for filmmakers and video artists including Sadie Benning, Barbara Hammer, Miranda July and Shimon Attie. He was also an editor for “The Brandon Teena Story,” which won the Best Documentary award at several
festivals, Berlin and Toronto among them. He was a contributing editor for the Oscar-nominated documentary A Lion In The House. In 2016 he co-directed and edited Cincinnati Goddamn, a documentary about police brutality in Cincinnati, Ohio, which is currently showing at film festivals and in classrooms throughout the country.