My name’s Marty Lang, and I’m an award-winning filmmaker, professor and journalist. I attended the University of Connecticut, graduating with a B.A. in Journalism and covering entertainment for the New York Times. After producing the independent feature “A Little Bit of Lipstick,” starring Mia Tyler and Soupy Sales, I was accepted into the Florida State University Graduate Film Conservatory in 2002.
I worked on over 50 short films at FSU, associate producing the Student Academy Award-winning comedy “The Plunge,” and co-producing the Oscar-qualifying “Fields of Mudan.” After working for Zide/Perry Films and Magnet Management in Los Angeles, I moved back home to Connecticut.
Since then, I’ve co-produced the satire “Being Michael Madsen,” starring Michael Madsen, Virginia Madsen, David Carradine and and Lacey Chabert, associate produced the supernatural drama “The Other Side of the Tracks,” starring Brendan Fehr and Tania Raymonde, and associate produced the drama “Out of My Hand,”a 2014 IFP Labs film that world premiered at Berlin in 2015, and won the Jury Award for US Fiction at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival. In addition, I developed the curriculum for the nationally-recognized Connecticut Film Industry Training Program, and was its Assistant Director from 2008 to 2012.
I also wrote, directed and produced the feature romantic dramedy “Rising Star,” which was acquired for worldwide distribution by Content Film in 2013. The film won Best Premiere and was an Audience Award nominee at the 2012 Seattle True Independent Film Festival, and won the Audience Award at the 2013 Southeastern New England Film, Arts and Music Festival. It has been featured in Filmmaker Magazine, Film Threat and Film Courage. It also won indieWIRE’s Project of the Month for September 2011. It can be streamed at Amazon.com.
I was a co-founder and Creative Director of the digital/social media startup Catalyst Media, in New Haven, Connecticut. I oversaw production of narrative, documentary, promotional and educational video content, including “Protesters,” a short film I wrote, directed and produced that was an Official Selection of the 2014 Woods Hole Film Festival.
Then I decided to move to California. I worked at the film school of Chapman University for two years as their Undergraduate Production Manager, and I’m now a Student Resource Supervisor at the film school of California State University, Northridge. I also take screenwriting classes at CSUN, and I did a development internship at Groundswell Productions (SMILF, the films SIDEWAYS and MILK) in Santa Monica.
I’ve taught film at CSUN, Chapman, Stage32.com, and at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. I’m currently in development on my second feature film, and a television pilot.
My favorite movies are “The Big Lebowski” (and yes, I’ve been to Lebowski Fests), “Fight Club”, “The Puffy Chair,” “Brick” and “The Godfather.” I love UConn basketball, pugs, and my niece and nephew.