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Hey, I'm Maria!

San Francisco, California

I'm a Bolivian filmmaker based out of San Francisco, California. I ventured into movie-making in 2010, telling stories with talented filmmakers and dear friends under the production name "Sad Clown Films". I have since written, produced and directed feature film Women and Cigarettes, a collection of romantic short films titled Business Affairs, web series The Push Hard Inn, and a handful of other stories. I am currently working on my next feature film Bring me an Avocado. I am an active member of Scary Cow, a Bay Area film co-op that allows filmmakers to share their skills to complete passion projects through work-trade, and I am the chapter leader of the SF Cinefemme Director's Collective. My favorite foods are hot dogs and mashed potatoes and I'm of average height.

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Ashley's Story

Watsonville Short
Documentary, Teen

Set in the strawberry farming community of Watsonville, CA, Ashley Solis–Mexican-American teenager, strawberry picker, and

80%

This project got the green light!

Bridges: Solstice

Oakland Feature
Drama, LGBTQ

A triptych of stories invite us into the interweaving worlds of Yara, Ilhan, Quina and Luciana, who embody water, air, earth, and fire.

87%

This project got the green light!

Miles Underwater

San Antonio Feature
Drama, Family

13-year-old Miles is struggling to find where he belongs when an unusual event forces him to face his biggest fear and take a leap of faith.

106%

This project got the green light!

The NEW FREEDOM

Denver Feature
Horror, Thriller

It's not just about survival. It's about a community.

124%

This project got the green light!

Romance Analyst

New York Feature
Comedy

A platonic love triangle between a woman, her best friend, and her therapist.

102%

This project got the green light!

Looking for Leia

San Francisco Series
Documentary, Sci-Fi

A joyous gender justice project about the women of Star Wars fandom

122%

This project got the green light!

Snaggletooth

San Francisco Short
Comedy, Horror

An unusual girl needs to get her teeth fixed at midnight.

210%

This project got the green light!

Wise Gals

Boston Short
Crime, Drama

In an alternate 1980s underground, organized crime is ruled by women. Up-and-coming mobster Sophia is ready to take the throne.

100%

This project got the green light!

The F Word: A Foster-to-Adopt Story

Oakland Series
Comedy, Documentary

The F Word: A Foster-to-Adopt Story

109%

This project got the green light!

Poster Boy

San Francisco Short
Comedy, LGBTQ

In this silent comedy film, Stuart sees himself on a poster and has no idea how he got there.

116%

This project got the green light!

Second Assault

Los Angeles Short
Documentary

Twelve years after being sexually assaulted on her college campus, Jillian embarks on a journey to confront the past.

113%

This project got the green light!

Escaping Freedom

Portland Feature
Drama, LGBTQ

A doubting pastor must question everything he believes when his free-spirited sister challenges his view of what being free truly means.

101%

This project got the green light!

Can't See Sh*t

Detroit Feature
Documentary

An Artist loses sight and gains vision

103%

This project got the green light!

42 Seconds

Atlanta Short
Drama

After two strangers share a connection; one of them questions the encounter after discovering the tragedy that brought them together.

103%

This project got the green light!

A Whole New World

Los Angeles Music Video
Music, Experimental

A music video for an inventive new arrangement of A Whole New World questions our use of technology.

81%

This project got the green light!

Marisol

New York Short
Drama, Foreign Film

When a young mother takes a risk to provide for her daughter, a stranger turns her transgression into a nightmare.

101%

This project got the green light!

Cranes, Mafiosos and a Polaroid Camera

Kearney Short
Drama, Experimental

A paranoid late night phone call becomes a reflection on nature and death, in the calm expanse of a crane sanctuary.

82%

This project got the green light!

The Gift

San Francisco Short
Fantasy, Drama

In a parallel universe, an isolated girl who is bullied for her uncommonly large ears finds solace in an unusual friendship with a crow.

105%

This project got the green light!

Found in Eagle Rock

Los Angeles Feature
Drama, Experimental

In NorthEast Los Angeles, a group of young local residents deal with finding themselves and being part of the neighborhood gentrification.

81%

This project got the green light!

Only Strangers Sleep in my Bed

Middletown Short
Thriller

A young man cons a lonely woman into believing that he might be her long lost son only to find himself out of his depth.

102%

This project got the green light!

Believe Her

New York Short
Drama

Why can't we just Believe Her?

102%

This project got the green light!

The Alluring Frontier

Phoenix Short
Sci-Fi, Western

A small town in the old west gets consumed by a dark force that uses the power of temptation to try and turn everyone into demonic minions.

100%

This project got the green light!

The Mile Ground

Morgantown Feature
Drama, Mystery

The contents of a strange safety deposit box send an opioid addict down a risky road that will lead to her redemption or final destruction

100%

This project got the green light!

The Cold Days of Summer

Utica Feature
Crime, Drama

A boxer battles injury, criminals, and an authoritarian school board to save his scholarship and learn the true cost of the American dream

92%

This project got the green light!

Gleahan and the Knaves of Industry

Duluth Feature
Adventure, Comedy

An opportunistic asshole joins the quest of a delusional man who thinks he’s in a fantasy world.

80%

This project got the green light!

LION KILLER

Houston Feature
Drama

Fighting Solves Everything

109%

This project got the green light!

Parallel Chords

St. Louis Feature
Drama, Music

A young violinist struggles to break free from her pianist father to find her own voice.

115%

This project got the green light!

Project Gaslight

Rochester Feature
Horror, Thriller

New tenants harbor a secret that jeopardizes a young family as the pregnant wife descends into paranoia and delusion.

100%

This project got the green light!

The MisEducation of Bindu

Indianapolis Feature
Comedy, Drama

Thrust into American public school by her mother’s new marriage, a wide-eyed Indian teen teams up with a band geek to survive.

104%

This project got the green light!

Lost Bayou

Lafayette Feature
Drama, Family

A struggling addict ventures out into the Louisiana swamp to discover that her estranged faith healer father is hiding a troubling secret.

118%

This project got the green light!

Stormie

Santa Maria Feature
Biography, Drama

An adopted Hispanic teenager looks for his birth family in an attempt to find his place of belonging.

151%

This project got the green light!

Bring Me an Avocado

San Francisco Feature
Drama

When a violent encounter leaves Robin in a coma, her family ventures to maintain normalcy for her children while managing their own grief.

113%

This project got the green light!

A Room Full of Nothing

Austin Feature
Adventure, Romance

In this Swiss Army Man meets Eternal Sunshine adventure an artistic couple's life takes a bizarre turn when they wake up alone in the world.

105%

This project got the green light!

The Atavist

Pittsfield Feature
Adventure, Sci-Fi

A young woman travels to the past, but when the things she leaves alter history, she must get them back to save the future.

292%

This project got the green light!

Big Dog City

San Francisco Feature
Drama, Other

Set within Bay Area art/slacker culture, we follow two characters as they weave across a place and identity which doesn't fit them anymore.

81%

This project got the green light!

"SURE-FIRE" - Development Funding Phase II

New York Feature
Comedy, Crime

SURE-FIRE is a comedy about a NYC con man having a mid-life crisis who stumbles into becoming a movie producer to pay off gangsters.

152%

This project got the green light!

Bedsheet Man

Bradenton Feature
Comedy, Drama

A middle aged man looses his son to suicide only to find a strange way to cope with his grief. He becomes the superhero that his son always

103%

This project got the green light!

Just Like The Men

Bellingham Feature
Comedy, History

Two girls find a lost screenplay and decide to give history the middle finger.

100%

This project got the green light!

Minneapolis (the movie)

Minneapolis Feature
Comedy, Family

A cocky news anchor team gets stuck "mentoring" an at-risk teen. Shenanigans and dastardly weather conditions ensue…

102%

This project got the green light!

Fantastic Santa Monaco

Los Angeles Feature
Drama, Satire

A film about a group of performance artists who are looking for love, connection and significance in Los Angeles.

80%

This project got the green light!

Coast

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Romance

A couple journeys up the California coastline, exploring their history and undeniable connection.

89%

This project got the green light!

Bitter Taste

New York Short
Drama

A dark drama about a Scottish Michelin-star Chef who relives memories of his childhood through cooking.

101%

This project got the green light!

And Breathe

Austin Short
Drama, Nature

Maya is devastated, lost, and doesn't know who she is... Can she let go of the past and her ego to find healing and inner peace?

106%

This project got the green light!

Clementine

Portland Feature
Drama, LGBTQ

A heartbroken woman stows away to her estranged lover's lake house where she becomes entangled with a teenage girl.

111%

This project got the green light!

Petals & Stems

Austin Short
Romantic Comedy, Shorts Program

The idea that nothing lasts forever rings especially true for a modern florist.

81%

This project got the green light!

Human Telegraphs

New York Series
Comedy

Three women form a ‘human messaging’ business in NYC and get tangled in the intimate, unexpected, and hilarious lives of strangers.

91%

This project got the green light!

Road To Bob

Portland Feature
Comedy, Drama

Two life-long friends go on a road trip to see Bob Dylan in concert, and end up picking up a mysterious hitchhiker along the way.

81%

This project got the green light!

Paper Birds, Film Production Fund

Oakland Short
Action, Drama

A desperate TV starlet with a rocky career makes an attempt at getting back in the spotlight by joining the circus

135%

This project got the green light!

All American Kids

New York Series
Documentary, Family

Celebrating the many ways WE ARE ALL AMERICAN, this documentary/animated kids series transports young audiences across the country.

115%

This project got the green light!

Nonprofit Web Series

Portland Series
Comedy, Drama

A girl on a mission in America's whitest city.

106%

This project got the green light!

Lily 'N' Rose

Denver Short
Drama

Lily and Rose are best friends. When Rose abandons her, Lily flees into the wilderness, confronting something even more profound.

115%

This project got the green light!

Jump The Fence

Portland Series
Documentary

Around the world in 7 films - Three best friends travel the world to star in 7 films, in 7 countries, in 7 months.

80%

This project got the green light!

Forbidden Steps

Los Angeles Feature
Global Celebration, Family

A Muslim police officer stuck between his dancer daughter & orthodox father must grapple with ties to tradition & his own American dream.

101%

This project got the green light!

Distance

Los Angeles Series
Romantic Comedy

a long distance love story told from two perspectives - HIS (directed by a fella) and HERS (directed by a lady)

100%

This project got the green light!

At The End Of The Day

Lakeland Feature
Comedy, LGBTQ

A conservative Christian professor finds himself in a gay support group to stop their launch of an LGBT homeless teen shelter.

96%

This project got the green light!

About a Donkey

New York Feature
Comedy, LGBTQ

A quirky ensemble comedy about growing up, about growing old, and about a donkey.

108%

This project got the green light!

Hard-ish Bodies

Austin Short
Comedy, Shorts Program

An ensemble comedy featuring the men and women of Stoney’s Rock Hard Palace - a male strip club with dancers of all shapes and sizes.

150%

This project got the green light!

Thirsty Girl

Los Angeles Short
Drama

A young woman is consumed with her obsession over LA's drought as a means to avoid the fact her mother is dying of cancer.

115%

This project got the green light!

Real Artists

San Francisco Short
Sci-Fi, Thriller

In the near future, a young animator is offered what should be her dream job; but then discovers the truth of the modern "creative" process.

112%

This project got the green light!

Cleaner Daze

Santa Cruz Series
Drama, Transmedia

Jasmine, the new counselor at a Juvenile Drug Treatment Center, struggles to mentor a colorful crew of teenage drug addicts.

106%

This project got the green light!

Eudaemonia

New York Short
Comedy, Drama

A serendipitous mistake leads to a fleeting encounter between a traveller and a reclusive New Yorker. A film about the power of connection.

100%

This project got the green light!

Rich Kids

Houston Feature
Drama, Teen

A group of Latino teens in a poor community break into Los Ricos, a local mansion, to forget their difficult lives and live a different one.

105%

This project got the green light!

ACID TEST (short film)

Houston Short
Drama, Family

A short film about dropping acid and going home to your parents! Trip alongside Jenny as her concert night turns into family absurdity.

89%

This project got the green light!

Leche

Brooklyn Short
Drama, Shorts Program

Nina, an 8 year-old outcast albino girl, finds herself the target of a jealous classmate's witch hunt.

82%

This project got the green light!

Kinesthesia

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Shorts Program

Frustrated at her inability to accurately remember a particular time of happiness in her life, Minny sets out to find it again.

141%

This project got the green light!

TurtleDove Films

Austin Company
Film-related Business

If you're here for a follow back, we'd rather you follow "A Room Full of Nothing" - that is the only campaign we actively update.

93%

This project got the green light!

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