Gene Youngblood, author of the avant-garde manifesto Expanded Cinema, wrote of Richard Martin’s 1980 film Diminished, “A delicately structured non-verbal poem about loss, time and memory, closer in style to Michael Snow or Hollis Frampton than Alain Resnais ... A documentary of the heart”.
After creating a number of experimental works in the early 80's, Martin moved into feature filmmaking. He has directed 7 features including North of Pittsburgh (1992) which was nominated for 7 GenieAwards. He also directed hit television series Da Vinci’s Inquest, Highlander and many more.
In 2005, he returned to experimental cinema producing the acclaimed Mixed Singnals which appeared at over 25 international film festivals including Berlin, Oberhausen, Toronto and Chicago Underground. Margaret von Schiller, Panorama programmer for the Berlin Film Festival wrote, "Mixed Signals overflows with ingenious pixel piquancy." His recent work Apart won Best Film at the 17th James River Film Festival and screened at ExiS Experimental Festival in Seoul Korea.
Born and raised in Vancouver, his current project is BACKBONE: Vancouver Experimental Cinema. A documentary on the early work of Vancouver’s underground filmmakers.