Caroline Martel

  • Artist
  • Filmmaker

Award-winning filmmaker Caroline Martel’s work has been presented to critical acclaim internationally, including at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), on the TV channels SRC (Canada), NHK (Japan), and SVT (Sweden), at MoMA and the Georges Pompidou Centre, as well as at the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. Her first feature documentary, The Phantom of the Operator, has been shown in more than 50 venues and was reviewed as “an enormously imaginative docu... an hour of nonstop visual and intellectual stimulation.” (Variety)

Martel has been synthesizing documentary theory and practice for over a decade, with a special interest in archives, invisible histories, and audio/visual technologies and heritage. Her first gallery show, the montage installation Industry/Cinema, was presented at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York in 2012. Martel holds a BA in Communications and an MA in Media Studies, and is a research-creation PhD candidate in the joint Communications Studies program at Concordia University in Montréal. She is currently developing an experimental webdoc on the prehistory of telecommunications technologies. “Martel belongs to a vital artistic and critical tradition within Canada that actively engages with the history of technology and communications, a lineage that includes Marshall McLuhan, Hugh Kenner, and Glenn Gould.” (The Brooklyn Rail)