She has been the recipient of several grants and awards including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (Media Arts), the LEF Foundation, The Kapor Family Foundation, The Mass. Cultural Council and the New England Regional Fellowship program. In addition to her own projects she has worked on such diverse works as HBO's Dream On; Leona's Sister Gerri; Living at Risk, the story of a Nicaraguan family; E.O. Wilson: Reflections on a Life in Science; the Addison Gallery of American Art's videodisc Harold Tovish; Radio Interference, an interactive performance piece by Antenna Theater, The Laramie Project, Burning Down the House for Talking Heads; and Robert Wilson's theater piece, the Civil Wars. She was creative director for the CD-ROM magazine LAUNCH and a web-only art event by Yoko Ono. Swetzoff is on the faculty of the Rhode Island School of Design. She graduated cum laude from Harvard and has a MS from the MIT Media Laboratory.
Films by Martha Swetzoff
A real life story of murder, secrets and sexuality, set in the art world of the 50's and 60's, Theme: Murder takes the viewer on an immersive journey into the struggles and frustrations of living with an unsolved homicide. The filmmaker was nine years old in 1968 when her father, the Boston art dealer Hyman Swetzoff, was beaten and left to die in his home. Martha's search to make sense of her father's unsolved murder frames an wide-ranging inquiry into attitudes toward victims and survivors of homicide, the price of homophobia, and the problematic relationship between families and law enforcement. Includes interviews with crime fiction author James Ellroy and the Boston Cold Case Squad.