person, place or thing » a film by Elle Martini. Official Website. Starring Zoe McLellan and Robert McKeehen. Winner: Best Short Narrative, POW Fest 2008.

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Person, Place, or Thing  was the highlight of the four films in the first Shorts Program. Following a woman who lives in her car, it established a down and dirty mood and carried the mood throughout.”

Peter Martin,
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“...the trademark of Martini's filmmaking will be depth and soulfulness. I truly wanted more.”

Dara Marks, Author of Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc and Leading International Script Consultant

Person, Place or Thing was compelling...”

Aaron Phillips,
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“In Person, Place or Thing the protagonist Alexis is radioactive; she's breaking the rules of society by deliberately occupying the margin. This short is protein-rich with potential.”


Person, Place or Thing is dark, gritty, anything but uplifting, and not where you'd expect a viewer's heart to open. But mine did. The subject matter is fertile ground for moralizing or sentimental sympathy. Martini avoids both with a subtle hand that makes for much more impact.”

Jeff Golden, host of IPR and author of Unafraid


Director Elle Martini interviewed in MovieMaker

October 2008

In MovieMaker Magazine's special annual issue, “Complete Guide to Making Movies 2009”, writer/director/producer Elle Martini was interviewed about her success at this year's Portland Women's Film Festival: "I see myself as someone who makes films about individuals rather than women, so I was initially cautious to enter a woman-centered film festival," explains Elle Martini of her hesitation to participate in a the Portland Women's Film Festival (aka POW Fest). "However, I wanted to challenge myself to experience it and the process of connecting with such a supportive community was hugely rewarding." The 2008 POW Fest... To read the entire article, click here »
The special issue will be available at the newsstands throughout 2008-09.

Festival Daily reviews Person, Place or Thing at Cambridge Film Festival

September 26th 2008

“PERSON, PLACE OR THING could have twisted in any direction, but did not. The characters remained plausibly enigmatic throughout the piece.”
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Person, Place or Thing wins Best Short Film at ACEFEST

September 22nd 2008

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Official Selection: BendFilm Festival

September 15th 2008

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Person, Place or Thing wins Best Actress at HollyShorts Film Festival in Los Angeles

August 11th 2008

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Official Selection: Cambridge Film Festival in the UK

August 2008

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Official Selection: ACE Film Festival in NYC

July 7th 2008

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Official Selection: HollyShorts

June 30th 2008

Named one of MovieMaker Magazine's "Top 25 Festivals Worth the Fee" last month.
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Person, Place or Thing wins Best Narrative Short at POW Fest

May 18th 2008

Interview with OPB's Kristian Foden-Vencil

May 15 2008

Morning Edition interview with director Elle Martini and POW Fest's executive director Tara Johnson-Medinger.
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May 14 2008

"Person, Place, or Thing by Elle Martini was the highlight of the four films..."
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May 3 2008

"Person, Place, or Thing was compelling..."
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Official Selection - Marfa Film Festival

April 12 2008

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Jeff Golden interviews dir. Elle Martini and dir. Robb Moss on Immense Possibilities Radio

April 3 2008

Official Selection - POW Fest

May 2008

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Official Selection - Ashland Independent Film

April 2008

Ashland Independent Film Festival - official website »
Festival Program (PDF)

ppt Awarded Grant From Film Action Oregon

March 2008

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Elle Martini is recipient of a $2,000 Women's Vision Film Grant for her film titled "person,place or thing," an eighteen-minute narrative film about a drifter who is faced with the choice to preserve her anonymity or reconnect with the world around her. Martini explores the way a woman may navigate the difficulties of her life by isolating and detaching herself from the world. The film takes an inside look at how we often mask our true desire as a means of self-preservation. This raw and moving film is set in Portland and stars Zoe Mclellan of the ABC series "Dirty, Sexy Money." Martini will use the Women's Vision Film Grant funds on post-production costs.

Winner BEST SHORT FILM: ACE Film Festival 2008 Winner BEST SHORT NARRATIVE: POW Film Festival 2008 Winner BEST ACTRESS: HollyShorts 2008 Nominated BEST SHORT FILM: Ashland Film Festival 2008 Official Selection: Marfa Film Festival 2008 Official Selection: Cambridge International Film Festival 2008 Official Selection: BendFilm Festival 2008