Maria is an award-winning
filmmaker \\ actress
based in Brooklyn.
Maria trained at the experimental theatre wing of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Recent acting work includes several independent films and an off-broadway theatrical run in the NAACP award-winning play “The Girls of Summer”.
She wrote, directed, and starred in her 2016 debut short film, Venefica, which had it’s international premiere at Fantasia Int’l Film Festival as part of the their first ever “Born of Woman” shorts block. It has since played at over 20 festivals around the world, garnered several awards, and is now available online via Shudder and Amazon. Venefica was shot on a $1000 budget and co-produced alongside frequent collaborators Tess Elliot and Hannah Whitney as part of their collective project - The Lake Shorts - where they shoot three short films, with one crew, in one location, in one week. Together, the films have played at over 30 festivals around the world (Raindance, St. Louis Int’l, Portland, Morbido, Citizen Jane, etc). In 2017, she was interviewed by the New York Times on her experience as a woman of color horror filmmaker and the importance of representation and diversity in the industry.
Maria is currently in post-production on her second short film, Darkfruit - a fantastical horror short starring Tess Elliot, David Rysdahl (Dead Pigs, Black Swell), and Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2, Slice, Atlanta, The Joker). The film was co-produced by the Lake Shorts collective where they again shot three short films, on one location, with one crew, in a short amount of time.
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