FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 18th, 2017
Paul Cocke, Director of University Communications and Marketing
WWU Office of Communications and Marketing
Western Washington University alumnus and Oscar winner TJ Martin won an Emmy Saturday for his National Geographic documentary â€śLA 92.â€ť
Martin, a graduate of Westernâ€™s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies in Bellingham, co-created â€śLA 92â€ť with longtime directing partner and fellow Oscar-winner Dan Lindsay. Their film â€śUndefeatedâ€ť earned the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 2012. â€śLA 92â€ť earned this yearâ€™s Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. Like â€śUndefeated,â€ť â€śLA 92â€ť addresses issues of race and class through a story unfolding in real life.
â€śLA 92â€ť takes viewers back 25 years to the turmoil following the verdict in the 1992 Rodney King trial that set off days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles. Using all archival footage, the documentary reveals the historic upheaval as it occurred in real time â€“ and offers viewers a new perspective on the events.
â€śA big wish-list hope for me is that someone walks away and has a little bit more emotional empathy and emotional intelligence toward what disenfranchised communities go through on a consistent basis,â€ť Martin said in a behind-the-scenes interview for the National Geographic channel.
â€śLA 92â€ť is showing at the Pickford Film Center Thursday, Oct. 19 and Friday, Oct. Â 27. Martin plans to join the cinema audience over Skype to answer questions and discuss the film after the Oct. 19 show. Tickets to both screenings are available here.
Martin has been filming, editing and traveling consistently since he began working on â€śUndefeatedâ€ť in 2009. After the 2012 Oscars, he made a stop at Western to spend the day with students and host a special free screening of his film for the community. View a segment from his on-campus interview here. He continues to inspire and mentor WWU film and social-justice students via social media interactions and served as a co-chair for the Western Stands for Washington Campaign.