Her name may not be a familiar one but Martin-Hicks joined past winners Spielberg and Lucas as a recipient of a WorldFest Remi Award.
The WorldFest Houston International Film Festival is the third oldest film festival in the U.S. and one of the largest.
Martin-Hicks won the award in 2009 for her film I was Lost…But Now I am found, a story about the lives of children in a foster home in East Texas.
The awards don’t stop there. In the fall of 2012 Martin-Hicks won a CINE Golden Eagle Award for her documentary feature Faith Under Fire distributed by New World Distribution.
“These are hard to win,” said Martin-Hicks. The documentary deals with the aftermath of a former school teacher opening fire during a church service in the small Texas town of Daingerfield in 1980.
Past CINE Golden Eagle winners include Martin Scorsese, Robert DeNiro and Diane Sawyer.
Martin-Hicks waited seven months to receive her award at the 2013 Awards Gala in June, but as luck would have it, she would have to wait a bit longer.
“A friend of mine died the day before I was set to leave,” said the University of Oklahoma graduate.
“And I had always promised her that I would play the organ at her funeral, so I didn’t get to go (to the gala).“
Such is the case with Martin-Hicks that she puts people ahead of her film career, even when filming.
You can now find Faith Under Fire on Vimeo On Demand HERE
** EXCERPT from Jesus Acevedo Jr’s article in the Fort Bend Herald www.fbherald.com You may contact Jesus Acevedo Jr at firstname.lastname@example.org
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