Seattle-native and Western Washington University graduate TJ Martin made Academy Award history Sunday night.
Martin won an Oscar for co-directing the documentary feature "Undefeated."
Martin, 32, is the first African-American to win an Oscar for directing a full-length film, whether documentary or feature.
"Undefeated" documents the true story of an inner-city Memphis football team that tries to end the high school's legacy of losing. Led by their volunteer coach, Bill Courtney, the Manassas Tigers face virtually every strike against them – from poverty to criminal behavior. The film chronicles how the group of young men transform into an academic and athletic team.
According the the Bellingham Herald, Martin grew up in Seattle and completed his degree more than a decade after first enrolling at WWU. He spent much of the time in between writing, directing and editing films.
Martin plans to visit WWU on March 1 to talk to students and screen "Undefeated." The screening, scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center Mainstage, is free, but tickets are required by registering at alumniconnections.com/wwualumni.