Brad Martocello is a writer-director whose work has been recognized by the Nicholl Fellowship, Austin Film Festival, and Script Pipeline. His screenplay Boy in a Backpack won The Big Script Emerging Filmmaker incubator and is currently optioned by Indigenous Media. He lives in New York City where he writes and makes films. He is currently developing projects for film, television, and publication. He’s directed several shorts and has appeared as an actor in commercials, web series, and indie films. His degree is in Mechanical Engineering.


A Little Back Story

I was born in a little town near Dammam in Saudi Arabia. My father, the first person to attend college in his working class family, had left Long Island shortly after he graduated to take a job as an engineer on the offshore oil platforms in the Persian Gulf. More impressively, he convinced my social worker mother to marry him and start a family overseas where my five brothers and I would live between the years of 1980 and 1988, and then again between 1993 and 1998 — Leapfrogging Operation Desert Storm but not the Khobar Bombings in 1996, after which cement barriers were erected around the perimeter of my school.”


Brad as a boy sledding down a dune in Rub’ Al Khali Desert