Hoover High School

Erika Martin

Erika Martinez is a filmmaker and activist in Glendale, CA. She serves as News Director of her school’s broadcast program and was one of only 19 students throughout Southern California invited to the USC Annenberg School for Communication to produce a film on menstrual stigma. From the Women’s March, March For Our Lives, and immigration protests, Martinez has produced numerous documentaries on socio-political issues, including gun control and White House Administration policies. In June, Martinez was honored as one of 20 young filmmakers internationally selected by AT&T and Hello Sunshine to produce a film on women in the entertainment industry. Most notably, her work has premiered on DIRECT-TV NOW, the L.A. Film School, and was recognized by the UN Women's organization. She aims to produce content that is not only inclusive and thought-provoking, but that encourages her peers to speak up about issues that matter most to them.