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- Bio: Producer/Director Martin McGuire
Posted by : C. W. Lesher Thursday, April 3, 2014
Martin McGuire learned of his love of the arts from a young age. In high school he excelled at creative writing, 35mm photography and made his first two short films on 8mm film.
After high school Martin worked various odd jobs including food service, stock room work and low level managerial positions. Martin filled his desire for the arts by singing lead vocals in a few rock-n-roll bands under the nickname Mick Wired, his band mates called him “the throat”.
Martin turned to sales as his chosen profession. He was constantly in the Top 10% of every sales force he participated. He took sales seriously and learned his craft from the best, reading the books and attending lectures and boot camps given by Tom Hopkins, Art Linklater and Zig Ziglar not to mention his father who was a multi award winning salesman. In 2000 Martin was part of one of the Nation’s hottest sales teams for KB HOME in Colorado. Although making good money, he decided it was now or never to pursue his dreams of a career in filmmaking. He left his position with the home builder and the rest, as they say, is history.
Martin started taking classes, attending seminars, lectures and reading books on the subjects of screen writing, videotaping, photography and video editing. He purchased a couple video cameras, a digital still camera, a tripod and microphone and started looking for ways to participate in the industry. After a short time he volunteered for four years with Operation Walk Denver as their photographer and videographer. The group took him to Nicaragua, Peru and Panama twice. In 2004 he made a documentary short film entitled “Walk With Me Today” – the film served as a fund raising tool for the organization and was an Official Selection into the 2005 “Spirit of Humanity” Film festival in New Orleans. Dr. Douglas Dennis, head of Operation Walk Denver, said two things to Martin that he’s never forgotten. One, “Every person I send this video to writes us a check,” and Two, “Marty, you’re as good a filmmaker as I am a surgeon.” Humbled by his words, Martin has always remained grateful for the experience. Martin went on to make one more film “Need and Deeds” – “a doc short” in 2009 and contribute heavily to a third “The Walk of Dreams – Operation Walk, Panama 2007” before moving on.
Martin McGuire also squeezed in a 52 minute action sports video entitled “Mile High VSM” vol.1 “Earth As We Know It” in 2005. This skateboarding video was well received in skating and music circles in Colorado.
Martin has been following Manuel Salazar’s story, his caregivers, doctors, physical and occupational therapists, family, friends and co-workers for about ten years and has decided with the help of the public through crowd funding that now is the time to tell their inspirational stories to the world. “You will be proud you gave to this campaign” says Mr. McGuire. This film project has the potential to change every life of every audience member that will ever come into contact with it for the better.