The Bus Buddy Chronicles was the official selection for the 24th annual Roxbury International Film Festival. Here's a behind the scenes video of the exclusive screening, which took place at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
A 3 part docuseries in collaboration with the City of Boston's Age Strong Commission. The "Bus Buddy" initiative is an innovative program which teaches Seniors how to ride the Boston transit system (the T). In this series viewers take a cultural plunge with the Bus Buddies and a few of Boston's leading visual artists,
WAKE UP was the first music video production shot in Boston during the Pandemic. Our Covid-19 compliant set followed the guidelines of the CDC, Department of Health and Workplace Safety. This was a very important project for me to direct during this moment in history. The song, performed by VH-1 "You Oughta Know Artist" Russell Taylor was filmed in my hometown of Boston, MA in collaboration with the Massachusetts Poor People's Campaign. I collaborated with a group of Boston artists to pull off this vision. We had 2 days before the City of Boston implemented their mandatory quarantine mandate when arriving to the city. We made it happen! You can WATCH HERE.
This was fun! My first remote music video for Russell Taylor,'s new single: "Come Morning" Creating a virtual music video, remotely during these uncertain times was a challenge, but I was all in and quickly moved by the idea of bringing artists and influencers together from around the globe in the name of art!
The result? A group of dynamic culture influencers coming together during the pandemic, to make magic including: Trina Braxton, Recording artists Sy Smith and Kimberly Nichole (The VOICE), Celebrity Designer Kiki Kitty (Netflix "Next in Fashion") and so many others who push this culture forward. Check out the feature on GRAMMY.com posted by the Recording Academy for their series #QuarantineDiaries.
During the summer of 2019, I was invited to teach a leadership workshop for "MY LIFE MY CHOICE", a division of the Justice Resource Institute. JRI is the nation's leader in social justice, empowering survivors of human trafficking. I chose t0 design a film/writing curriculum entitled: "Find Your Voice Through Writing". The students ages 12 - 22 learned to produce and direct a documentary in 10 weeks.
We began production in January 2020 and was set to premiere at the Kennedy Center of Honors July 2020. Due to Covid-19, we segued on-line. This is their story (coming soon)...
Dominga Martin, a native of Roxbury, Massachusetts is an award-winning film director and producer at the intersection of art and social justice, whose work has aired on BET, VH-1, MTV Music, TV One and GRAMMY.com. Her first short film premiered at the Roxbury International Film Festival. Her team produced events for high profile clients, including the Tupac Shakur Estate. She served as Around Town Editor and the City Manager of New York City for Rolling Out, the country’s largest African American news weekly and founded on-line magazine Crème.
She directed a national commercial for Walmart, in collaboration with the NAACP Image Awards and filmed behind the scenes for a Presidential Forum. Ms. Martin recently served as Statewide Artist-In-Residence Arts Ambassador for Massachusetts, facilitating training for MA State Educators on Cultural Responsiveness and Inclusivity as it relates to the newly updated Arts Framework. She earned the Governor’s Citation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, was honored by the City of Boston for Arts and Innovation. An alumna of Boston’s Youth Outreach Program, she was published in an anthology found in Boston Public Libraries.
Dominga's most recent project is a docu-series she Directed and Produced for the City of Boston Age Strong Commission in partnership with the MBTA, entitled "The Bus Buddy Chronicles". She is the founder of d.a. mARTin productions and the After School Arts Program.
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Making the transition from journalist to filmmaker can be challenging; however, Dominga has pivoted seamlessly.
Dominga's writing career began as a journalist in New York City where she's written for ESSENCE, VIBE, Blackfilm.com and helmed her very own on-line publication as Editor and Co-Founder for 10 years. No stranger to the red carpet, covering entertainers in Music, Fashion and Film or traveling domestically and internationally for press junkets, Dominga has experienced both sides of the media spectrum with the ability to intersect multiple artistic worlds,
She has booked interviews with the world's top influencers, in addition to directing/producing red carpet content featuring top tier celebrities, including; Beyonce, Jay-Z , Tom Cruise, Matt Damon, Diddy, Spike Lee (and the list goes on!).
Her defining moment shifting from journalist to filmmaker was sharing the NYC PIX 11 News spot with Cori Murray, (Entertainment Director of ESSENCE Magazine) re: "Diversity Behind the Camera". Truly a full circle moment after being hired by Cori years prior for her first article as a writer in ESSENCE Magazine (2013).
Dominga's inspiration for writing was sparked at the age of 16, in her hometown of Boston, MA. after being selected to participate in a city wide anthology. Her first poem was published in the book "Neighbors Talk in Roxbury, Dorchester and Jamaica Plain." The book is found in Boston Public Libraries.
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