Born and raised in South Florida, Chrystie Martinez attended New World School of the Arts earning the top Acting Award from the Theatre Division. She attended the University of Florida where she graduated with top honors and earned two Bachelor Degrees in Telecommunications and Film and Media Studies. While at the University of Florida, Chrystie was a lead female anchor at WUFT-TV, the University’s premier live TV broadcasting center. During her broadcasting and journalism journey, she was honored with a National Murrow Award for WUFT. Chrystie was honored as a National Finalist for the NBS-AERho National Undergraduate Student Electronic Media for her news story “Step into Africa” as well as for her five pm broadcast of “WUFT NEWS First at Five.”
Not only is Chrystie an active broadcaster and media communicator, but she is also a filmmaker. During her attendance at UF, she co-wrote, directed, edited and acted in several shorts. “Lifter,” which she co-wrote, acted and edited, won the Tallahassee Film Festival. She also co-wrote and acted in “Rent,” which won the Gainesville’s Film Challenge Festival. Even though her love for film has moved her to acting, directing and editing, Chrystie has several theatre credits. “Roar” was Chrystie’s first script, which was produced and directed on stage at New World School of the Arts. One of her largest theatre projects was “Anyone of us” with Eve Ensler.
Chrystie first interned at CVF for a summer and quickly had a passion for their vision. She has taken on many roles at CVF including editing, interviewing and reporting. With CVF, Chrystie has had the honor of interviewing such directors/writers/producers as: Christopher and Emma Nolan, Jon Turteltaub, and Tom Shadyac. It probably goes without saying that CVF has become her home. She ‘s psyched to be a part of such an incredible vision and organization.