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Plays in Shorts Program: Stand My Ground
Sunday, June 16
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg Center

555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

I Am The Immaculate Conception


Frank Eli Martin

Executive Producer

Frank Eli Martin


Sophie Outhwaite, Solomon Golding


Harry Foster


Frank Eli Martin

In 1985, the Irish village of Ballinspittle witnessed a mass visionary experience at the local grotto, where worshippers claimed to see the statue of Mary move. Nearly forty years later, only a few local devotees remain, including the statue’s caretaker Patrick Joseph Simms. I Am The Immaculate Conception documents the mystical landscape of rural Irish Catholicism and delves into a darker undercurrent beneath its surface.

Director, I Am The Immaculate Conception

Frank Eli Martin is a London-based director and cinematographer. He is interested in boundaries of genre, formal experimentation, and the hallucinogenic and uncanny. His first film, Cold Stack (2021), is a magical realist documentation of the decline of the oil rig industry and was nominated in the UK competition at Sheffield DocFest 2021. His second short, Five Scenes From the War in Afghanistan as They Appear in East Sussex (2021), was nominated for best short at IDFA 2021, and documents a war veteran and gardener’s fragmented experience of time. The film was also screened at Sheffield DocFest 2022. His third short film, I Am The Immaculate Conception, documents the mystical landscape of Irish Catholicism and was screened at the True/False Film Festival, Big Sky Film Festival, and London Short Film Festival. His latest short film, The Paradise Park Will Close on Fridays at Three, documents the absurdity of a theme park built in an Israeli settlement in the Palestinian West Bank. It was nominated for an IDA award. He graduated from the Directing Documentary course at the National Film and Television School.