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Maria is based in Los Angeles where she works as a video producer and animatorShe has professional experience in directing, producing, animating, editing, audio mixing, sound design, & Art Department production work. She has produced, written, directed, and animated videos for various clients, organizations, and individuals.

Maria began working as a freelance journalist & photographer while attending high school.  In junior college, she studied broadcast TV & radio, television & film production. She then transferred to Syracuse University, where she earned a BFA in Film & Transmedia, along with a minor in Women & Gender Studies. The College of Visual & Performing Arts film program focused on "total filmmaking" approach -  including film history and the technical aspects of production as well as writing, producing, and directing short films at least once per semester. Maria also worked as a videographer, editor, social media coordinator, and transcriber for the Feminist Freedom Warriors while attending Syracuse. 

 Maria was also enrolled in VPA's Bologna Film Program where she further studied European cinema and cinematography in Bologna Italy.

 Maria has interests in animation and had the privilege of studying traditional, computer, stop motion, and drawn-on-film direct animation under David Hicock, Gail Hoffman, and Kelly Gallagher.

In December 2020 she was hired to produce videos for Buzzfeed Unsolved Network. She produced a new series called Forest Phenomenon, a web series that would cover cryptids, mysteries, and paranormal events taking place in the American Wilderness. 
Additionally she produces episodes for Buzzfeed Unsolved Network's 
Haunting History web series, which centers on macabre historical events, ghost stories, supernatural entities, and mythology.

Maria colaborates with artists, musicians, and other creators regularly and occasionally works as a freelance writer.

She firmly believes that film is one of the most powerful mediums of art, and it's crucial to be honest about the subject, showing who and what they are, flaws and all. Filmmaking is an excellent tool to bring attention to the struggles that people face in our society, especially those on the margins of it.

 

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Education 

2013-2015

Electronic Media Communications - SUNY Onondaga Community College

2015-2019

Syracuse University - College of Visual & Performing Arts (Film & Transmedia BFA)

College of Arts & Sciences (Women & Gender Studies Minor)

Screenings & Awards

2020

Snowtown Film Festival - North Country Filmmaker Award Winner (Watertown, New York USA)

 

Indie Short Fest -  Best Experimental Short [July] - Finalist

                                   - Best First Time Director (Female) - Finalist

                                           (Los Angeles, California USA) 

                      

Twin Rivers Media Festival - Animation Competition - Official Selection (Asheville, North Carolina USA)

6 swans

Something You Can't Break

Indie Short Fest - Best Music Video [July] - Finalist

                                          - Best Original Song - Finalist

                                         (Los Angeles, California USA)

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