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Born in the Bronx, Martin Spottl began making films at Dartmouth College, where his first short, White King of Harlem, won him an honorary citation for academic excellence. His first screenplay, Elegy, garnered the Laing Award and a cash prize. And his stage production of Sam Shepard’s Cowboy Mouth sold out all shows at the Hopkins Center

Thus encouraged, Spottl moved to Los Angeles to attend USC Film School. While earning his MFASpottl made several award-winning shorts, including Stones in my Passway: The Robert Johnson Story, which was honored at film festivals across the US and abroad and was distributed nationally in video stores. 

Spottl began his professional career working in development on major feature films and in production on music videos, television pilots, and corporate videos. His first professional screenplay, The Battle of Evermore, was a semi-finalist for the Nicholl Fellowship and got him signed by a top agent. He moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to write a new show for Televisa, the largest media outlet in the Spanish-speaking world, and helped create the original series Hotel San Miguel

Inspired by his experiences south of the border, Spottl co-wrote Across the Line, and then returned to the US to direct and co-produce the award-winning feature film starring Brad Johnson, Sigal Erez, Brian Bloom, and Adrienne Barbeau. Across the Line was distributed domestically by Lionsgate and sold in over 30 foreign territories (and is now available in HD on Amazon Prime and other outlets). Spottl was the founding partner of the production company High Water Films and Managing Partner of Across the Line Production, LLC. 

Currently, Spottl is working on a new one-hour drama series for television and an action-fantasy movie he adapted from a classic source. In addition to his work as a producer, director, and writer, Spottl sits on the Advisory Board for the UCLA Extension Directing Certificate Program. He lives in the Hollywood Hills with his wife Lauren, daughter Lucia, and son Samuel.

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