Caroline Martel

Award-winning filmmaker Caroline Martel's work has been presented to critical acclaim internationally, including at the Toronto International Film Festival and IDFA, on SRC, NHK, and SVT, at the Museum of Modern Art and the Georges Pompidou Centre, as well as at the Flaherty Seminar. Her first feature documentary, The Phantom of the Operator, showed 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 starting to develop an experimental webdoc on the prehistory of telecommunications technologies.

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Recent Reviews

The Phantom of the Operator

An absolutely spellbinding window on a time machine fast-forwarding through eighty years of attitudes towards women in the workplace and of visions of technical progress. Hundreds of hours of the...

The Phantom of the Operator

Brilliant stock footage. I enjoyed the poetic license and pacing of this film, as opposed to dry, purely factual rendering.

The Phantom of the Operator

Haunting. Fascinating. Mesmerizing.