KAREN MARTINEZ is a dual national UK/Trinidad & Tobago filmmaker, with a degree in Film, Video & Photographic Arts from The University of Westminster, London.
After university, Karen worked in Trinidad for a number of years producing and directing several Caribbean TV series, including the popular Gayelle
, as well as Body Beat
, which both won National Media Awards.
Later, Karen returned to the UK and directed two documentaries: Kaiso For July 27
, for the Channel 4 series 'South', which looked at Trinidad and Tobago one year after an attempted muslim coup, using calypso to help explore the story; and Chutney in yuh Soca
, for the Channel 4 music series Black Trax, about an Indian-soca musical hybrid in the Caribbean.
More recently, she made a short film about a theatre project that works with trafficked women called Marginal Voices
and the lyrical film Dark and Unaccustomed Words
based on the work of British/Trinidadian poet Vahni Capildeo.
, made with financial assistance from the Trinidad & Tobago Film Company, is her first foray into drama, and she is now developing a feature film script, a psychological drama / thriller set in the UK and Trinidad, provisionally entitled Blanchicheuse
She has also just been awarded another grant from the Trinidad & Tobago Film Company to make a new lyrical documentary-essay film, Dreams in Transit
, that examines the meaning of "home". Shooting will commence in early 2014.