Maria is based in Los Angeles where she works as a video producer, director, editor and animator. She has professional experience in a variety of areas including directing, producing, animating, scriptwriting, editing, audio mixing, sound design, & various Sound Crew roles & Art Department production work. She has created a myriad of visual art for various clients since 2016.
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 creative and technical aspects of production as well as writing, producing, and directing short films at least once per semester. Maria was also enrolled in VPA's Bologna Film Program where she further studied European cinema and cinematography in Bologna, Italy. Maria worked as a videographer, editor, social media coordinator, and transcriber for the Feminist Freedom Warriors while attending Syracuse. Maria has interests in animation and had the privilege of studying a variety of animation mediums including traditional & experimental stop-motion, drawn-on-film direct animation, and some computer animation under David Hicock, Gail Hoffman, and Kelly Gallagher before graduating with a BFA in 2019.
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.
She also produced episodes for Buzzfeed Unsolved Network's Haunting History web series, which centers on macabre historical events, ghost stories, supernatural entities, and mythology, and produced two episodes of Buzzfeed's unscripted web series I Survived, which involves survivors of tragic events and disasters telling their stories.
Maria collaborates with artists, musicians, and other creators regularly and occasionally works as a freelance writer. She loves comedy writing and enjoys writing TV episode scripts and short films.
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.
Electronic Media Communications - SUNY Onondaga Community College
Syracuse University - College of Visual & Performing Arts (Film & Transmedia BFA)
College of Arts & Sciences (Women & Gender Studies Minor)
Screenings & Awards
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)
MicroActs - Artist Screening [July] (London, United Kingdom)
Indie Short Fest - Best Microfilm [July]- Official Selection (Los Angeles, California USA)
Adirondack Film Festival - Try Something Different - Official Selection (Glenn Falls, New York USA)
Obskurr Ghent Film Festival - Official Selection (Ghent, Belgium)
Austin Arthouse Film Festival - Official Selection (Austin, Texas USA)
Something You Can't Break
Indie Short Fest - Best Music Video [July] - Finalist
- Best Original Song - Finalist
(Los Angeles, California USA)
By Your Side
Indie Shorts Film Festival- Best Music Video & Best Woman Filmmaker - Official Selection (Orlando, Florida USA)
No One Left
ArtRage Gallery - Not Normal: Art in the Age of Trump 2019 Showing
#Rest In Power
ArtRage Gallery - Not Normal: Art in the Age of Trump 2020 Showing
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