Posted on June 20, 2009 - Filed Under | 8 Comments

Director Marina Lutz editing her film – © 2007 Katrina Beale


Marina Lutz is the writer, producer, director and editor of the award-winning documentary short The Marina Experiment that had its USA television premiere on The Documentary Channel in 2010. Praised by the highly regarded French film magazine Cahiers du Cinema as “…eighteen extraordinary and exciting minutes…rarely has found footage revealed so many intimate issues,” they compared her film to Yoko Ono’s Rape and Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom.

Spain’s most important cinematic event, the Donostia-San Sebastián International Film Festival, invited The Marina Experiment to screen as part of their thematic retrospective of contemporary non-fiction cinema, where it was in the company of films by Werner Herzog and Lars von Trier. This festival is considered to be among the four most important film festivals in the world alongside Cannes, Berlin and Venice. The Marina Experiment has been featured at more than 35 film festivals worldwide, from the high profile Mill Valley Film Festival, which has an impressive track record for launching the careers of new filmmakers, to the alternative Melbourne Underground Film Festival, which supports filmmakers who operate outside established film industry infrastructures. The film has been included in various festivals that promote the importance of the contribution of women in the development of audiovisual creation, as well as several international human rights film festivals. The Marina Experiment has garnered eight awards so far, including Best Documentary, Best Short Film and Best Screenplay.

After The Marina Experiment was nominated as an official selection in the LAB competition of the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, the largest and most prestigious short film festival in the world, Marina found herself with a premiere theatrical screening at Forum des Images in Paris. The Marina Experiment was invited back to Clermont-Ferrand in 2011 for the 10th anniversary of the LAB competition, where it screened in both Clermont-Ferrand and Valence, France. In Spring 2011, The Marina Experiment was shown theatrically by Cinéma Apollo in Châteauroux, France as part of a highlighted program using film archives to explore the concept of memory through the film medium.

The Marina Experiment was included in a group show at the Wimbledon College of Art, which has a long and distinguished history as one of London’s major art institutions. The film has distracted passersby as a window installation at the Chair and the Maiden gallery in New York and appeared at Tabakalera in San Sebastian, Spain, an International Contemporary Culture Centre specialized in visual arts. The Death Be Kind gallery in Melbourne, Australia published stills from the The Marina Experiment accompanied by Marina’s writing in The Memorial, a catalogue of texts that captures the personal meaning behind the objects we inherit from the deceased and how these material possessions remain important in memory-making.

Marina has accompanied The Marina Experiment to several universities including The Sorbonne where she spoke to the film students about her creative process; the film screened there again as part of a lecture that examined the psychology of perversion. The Marina Experiment was shown at The Center for Neural Science at NYU, for a lab whose work is focused on how traumatic memories are formed, stored, and retrieved and Marina spoke at Bryn Mawr  for a course entitled “Identification in the Cinema,” about the ways that the self is defined in and through images.

Marina has said “I suppose by unleashing my pain in public it is helping me with ‘my life’s work,’ which I think is about survival. The filmmaking is just a side effect.”


This is Marina’s first film.


Super Shorts International Film Festival (London)

Melbourne Underground Film Festival (Australia)

Atlanta Underground Film Festival (USA)

Sydney Underground Film Festival (Australia)

Wild Rose Independent Film Festival (USA)

Levante International Film Festival (Italy)

The Accolade Competition (USA)

CurtoCircuito Int’l Short Film Festival (Spain)

32nd & 33rd & 36th CLERMONT-FERRAND Int’l Short Film Festival (France)
MILL VALLEY Film Festival No. 32 (USA)
SAN SEBASTIAN International Film Festival (Spain)
CPH:DOX Int’l Documentary Film Festival (Denmark)
DOK LEIPZIG Int’l Documentary Film Festival (Germany)
PUNTO DE VISTA Int’l Doc Film Festival of Navarra (Spain)
PLAY-DOC Int’l Documentary Film Festival (Spain)
COURTISANE Festival 2010 (Belgium)
2º Festival Internacional de Cine de CALI (Columbia)
San Gio VERONA Video Festival (Italy)
DOCUMENT 7 Int’l Human Rights Doc Festival (Scotland)
STEPS Int’l Rights Protection Film Festival (Ukraine)
Int’l Women’s Film Festival of BARCELONA (Spain)
NEWFILMAKERS at Anthology Film Archives (New York)
KASSEL Documentary Film & Video Festival (Germany)
International Film Festival IRELAND (Ireland)
WASHOUGAL International Film Festival (USA)
NIMBIN Film Festival (Australia)
VICTORIA Independent Film Festival (Australia)
da VINCI Film Festival (USA)
BOSTON Underground Film Festival (USA)
CANNES Independent Film Festival (France)
LAGO Film Fest (Italy)
BANGKOK IndieFest (Thailand)
Chungmuro International Film Festival in SEOUL (Korea)
17th GRANADA International Young Filmmakers Festival (Spain)
Cinambule Court c’est Court (France)
Pravo Ljudski 5th Human Rights Film Festival SARAJEVO (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
13th Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de BARCELONA (Spain)
Regards d’Ailleurs (France)
Festival De Cinema: FranceDoc 2011 (France)
10th International Documentary Film Festival in ECUADOR (Ecuador)
Reflexos de AnA – Mostra de Documentário de Mulheres (Brazil)
MakeDox (Macedonia)
CINECITY The Brighton Film Festival (United Kingdom)


Cinéma La Clef – Paris, FRANCE

Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art – St. Petersburg, RUSSIA

Cinéma Apollo – Châteauroux, FRANCE
Bio Rio Cinema – Stockholm, SWEDEN

Forum des Images – Paris, FRANCE


The Documentary Channel – USA
Wisconsin Public Radio’s nationally syndicated Peabody Award-winning program, “To The Best of Our Knowledge” – USA (nationwide via NPR)

The Documentary Channel – USA
Canal + Ciné Cinéma – “Cinecourts Saison 2010-2011” présentée par Patrice Carré, FRANCE

The Documentary Channel – USA (NY Times – Editor’s Pick)
Souvenirs From Earth – Cable TV broadcasting 24/7 program of Film & Video Art in FRANCE & GERMANY


36th Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival – Retrospective of American Short Films of the Twenty First Century

33rd Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival – 10th anniversary of the Lab competition

2010 to 2011
“The Memorial” a twelve month curatorial project – Melbourne, Australia – text and images from the film are reproduced in a zine devoted to objects inherited from the dead

The Nomad Project with Access & Paradox – Art Fair, Paris
Wimbledon College of Art, London – Document 7 Human Rights Festival Retrospective
Tabakalera Int’l Contemporary Culture Centre and Museum, San Sebastian, Spain

CATM – Chelsea Art Gallery, NYC, Installation (NY Daily News – Editor’s Pick)


Thammasat University – Bangkok, Thailand
Lycée Rotrou – Dreux, France

The Sorbonne, Paris, Film Analysis, “Études cinématographiques et audiovisuelles”
NYU, Dept of Psychology & The Center for Neural Science, “Emotion, Memory, and the Brain”
Bryn Mawr, Film Department, “Identification in the Cinema”

Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Film Department
San Francisco State University, Film Department


Stanford University, Green Library (California)
NYU, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library (New York)
Northwestern University Library (Illinois)
Duke University (North Carolina)
Bryn Mawr University Library (Pennsylvania)
Swarthmore University Library (Pennsylvania)
Hofstra University, Axinn Library (New York)
Rutgers University (New Jersey)
James Madison University, The Carrier Library (Virginia)
University of Alaska, Rasmuson Library (Alaska)
University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library (Vermont)
University of California, Irvine (California)
University of Oregon, Knight Library (Oregon)
College of Southern Nevada (Nevada)
Carleton College (Minnesota)
Texas Tech University Library (Texas)
Drake University (Iowa)
Chapman University, Leatherby Libraries (California)
DePaul University, John T. Richardson Library (Illinois)
l’Université de Montréal (Montréal, Canada)
Halifax Public Libraries (Nova Scotia, Canada)
University of Alberta, Rutherford Library (Alberta, Canada)
University of Melbourne, Lenton Parr Library (Melbourne, Australia)
Australian Catholic University, Raheen Library (Melbourne, Australia)
Monash University, Matheson Library (Melbourne & Clayton, Australia)
James Cook University Library (Townsville, Queensland, Australia)
Flinders University Library (Adelaide, South Australia)
Documentary Edge New Zealand Trust (New Zealand)
CVS Mediatheques – France’s leading library supplier (France)


8 Responses to “ABOUT”

  1. David Scharff on July 1st, 2009 10:53 pm

    Marina Marina!
    I just watched this with fascination and horror.
    Never quite realized the extent of your experience growing up. Philip told me about the screening and then pointed me here. I just wanted to congratulate you for surviving and completing this work. It is a very important piece in the literature of abuse that I think should be seen by everyone who has survived abuse and everyone who is planning on having children.


  2. Andrea on October 22nd, 2010 12:25 am

    I was looking at the website of The Documentary Channel and saw The Marina Experiment listed. Intrigued, I googled it and watched it. Horrifying, horrifying. You were such a BEAUTIFUL little girl and your voice was SO cute – hearing your voice just made me want to pick you up and cuddle! How disgusting that that man, your FATHER, destroyed your innocence. There were some great photographs in the collection. Being a photographer he could have preserved your childhood with some amazing shots. But those are tarnished because of the perversion, the obsession. I was so fascinated after watching the film (even though it was sickening) I wanted to know more – where was your mother during all of this? I believe she is on one of the recordings and also your aunt. Did they not think your father’s behavior was inappropriate? Is your mother still living? Did you have any sort of religious upbringing? When did you leave home? Did you keep in contact with your father during your adulthood? Many more questions. Of course, I’m not expecting a response; this is just my train of thought in processing what I experienced through this film. You are a remarkable woman to be able to use your anger in such a creative venue and your life ahead holds so much promise. I’m sure you will continue to have ups and downs as you excise these demons of your past. I pray that you will continue to come through it all a stronger woman.

  3. Charlene Blaine-Schulenburg on April 25th, 2011 5:09 pm

    Hi Marina,
    I met you at Mill Valley Fest. I want to add you to our e-blast list to send you the release information on my film, Reach for Me..

    Hope this finds you well!
    All the best,
    Charlene Blaine-Schulenburg

  4. Brendan Cummings on May 6th, 2011 12:27 pm

    Hey Marina,
    It’s Brendan. Remember me? Johns brother. I was searching around on facebook and decided to check you out. I remember those boxes in your apt. I had no idea you became an award winning film maker. Congratulations! Where do you live now? Are you still in Chelsea?


  5. Elmer on June 14th, 2012 5:49 pm

    Hi Marina, I just wanted to write you a quick note to encourage you. I recently came across the website of your documentary “The Marina Experiment” and even though I didn’t watch the film, I read some of the content on your site, specially your blog. I can really feel the hurt and searching in your heart. After all these years since you were a child, it seems that there are still areas of brokeness, and confusion. It think it might sound strange to receive a word of empathy from a man. I think I couldn’t even come close to comprehending what your father did to you and what must have felt like and not be able to do much about it because you were too young to understand or process what was happening. I can feel your pain and your desperate search for answers. The truth Marina is that you might never really understand why your father was the way he was, why he objectified you, even as an innocent little girl. But I can tell you that there is one that grieves with you and who has at least the ability to confort you and heal your heart, if you let him. He is God. The one that created you. I don’t know if you even believe in God, but whatever your perception of God is, I encourage you to at least give him a try. He will not disappoint you! In fact, in the Bible he is referred to as Jehovah-Rapha, “The God that heals”. Maybe your are hardened and have heard all types of advice from people and you are tired of other peoples advice. In fact maybe you have heard plenty of well meaning wishes from other Christians. But I say this because I have suffered my own childhood hurts. My hurts were not originally sexual, but as I grew up, I filled those empty dark spaces, those voids left by my own dad’s absence with sexual thoughts and fantasies. Our hurts are at least somewhat remotely related. I dabbled in pornography and to this day I am in recovery from sexual/emotional wounds (probably not what you want to hear from someone trying to give you advice). But I can tell you that the God I am telling you about really has your best interest in mind and that he weeps (and has wept as he has watched you grow from the time you were a baby). He is in your dark and lonely places, but he wants to get you out of there! Don’t spend the rest of your life looking for answers about your father. Answers that you might not get, specially since he is now dead. Pick up a Bible and investigate this God I am telling you about. You will not be sorry.You are precious in God’s sight. Best wishes Marina.

  6. John on September 9th, 2012 3:16 pm

    Dear Marina, I listened to your interview on “To the Best of our Knowledge” and decided to check out your site and the movie. First I want to say that it’s terrible to see and hear how you were violated and your privacy compromised, I am very sorry for your hurt and the tremendous loss you have suffered. It seems like not only did you loose your father when he died in the flesh but finding these photographs and films destroyed any decent memory you may have had. This brings me to a few questions, to which I don’t expect an answer, but were brought to the surface by the film. Before finding all this documentation of your private life and personal moments, how did you feel about your father? Did all of this come as a complete surprise or was there something in the back of your mind that just didn’t “feel right” all along? Did you hate your father growing up? Do you hate him now? Good luck with the rest of your career, Sincerely, John

  7. admin on September 9th, 2012 3:27 pm

    Hi John.
    I hated my father and couldn’t get out of the house fast enough. I moved out as soon as I turned 16. I didn’t understand why I hated him until I found the documentation he left behind and started digging through it and me in therapy. I have gone through phases where I tried to find a way to forgive or love my father but I cannot forgive him and I have no love for him. He ruined my life. But please do not think of me as a sad angry woman. I write comedy and laugh really loud. – Marina

  8. Frances on September 13th, 2012 10:22 am

    I tuned into the interview with Marina on “To the Best of our Knowledge” halfway through the program and wasn’t sure what it was about. I at first though her father was the actor George Siegel. Their voice timbres are practically identical. Very happy to learn it was not him. And very happy to see that Marina has channeled that experience into something positive.

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