Chris Courtney Martin hails from Philadelphia, where she was introduced to her craft. In high school, she placed in the Philadelphia Young Playwrights competition three years out of four. After receiving the prestigious Liberty scholarship, Martin started Drexel University's Screenwriting & Playwriting program, where she switched gears to focus on screenwriting. As an undergrad, Martin wrote for multiple student productions, including the Horror short "Hideous" (2014) and the short documentary, "The Last Laugh" (2015). Martin graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree from Drexel's SCRP program, as well as minors in Film & Video and Art History. She has since won/placed in several screenwriting competitions (WILDsound, NexTV, ScreenCraft, Creative World Awards.) Her body of work explores an array of genres, typically through the lens of Black female protagonists. Martin coined the motto "craft with conscience," which expresses her passion for producing socially relevant and politically progressive works without sacrificing artistic integrity. She cites the work of Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay and Dee Rees as her biggest inspirations. Currently, Martin lives in North Carolina, working as a coverage analyst for a reputable service and a freelancer on various projects. In January 2017, Martin optioned her short screenplay "Rock Bottom" with Milepost42 Films. You can check out her screenwriting blog here: littlescreenwritingthings.tumblr.com.
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