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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 • Documentary, Teen

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


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Bridges: Solstice

Oakland • 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.


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Miles Underwater

San Antonio • 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.


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The NEW FREEDOM

Denver • Horror, Thriller

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


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Romance Analyst

New York • Comedy

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


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Looking for Leia

San Francisco • Documentary, Sci-Fi

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


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Snaggletooth

San Francisco • Comedy, Horror

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


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Wise Gals

Boston • Crime, Drama

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


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The F Word: A Foster-to-Adopt Story

Oakland • Comedy, Documentary

The F Word: A Foster-to-Adopt Story


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Poster Boy

San Francisco • Comedy, LGBTQ

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


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Second Assault

Los Angeles • Documentary

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


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Escaping Freedom

Portland • Drama, LGBTQ

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


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Can't See Sh*t

Detroit • Documentary

An Artist loses sight and gains vision


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42 Seconds

Atlanta • Drama

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


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A Whole New World

Los Angeles • Music, Experimental

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


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Marisol

New York • Drama, Foreign Film

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


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Cranes, Mafiosos and a Polaroid Camera

Kearney • Drama, Experimental

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


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The Gift

San Francisco • 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.


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Found in Eagle Rock

Los Angeles • Drama, Experimental

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


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Only Strangers Sleep in my Bed

Middletown • 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.


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Believe Her

New York • Drama

Why can't we just Believe Her?


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The Alluring Frontier

Phoenix • 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.


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The Mile Ground

Morgantown • 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


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The Cold Days of Summer

Utica • 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


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Gleahan and the Knaves of Industry

Duluth • Adventure, Comedy

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


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LION KILLER

Houston • Drama

Fighting Solves Everything


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Parallel Chords

St. Louis • Drama, Music

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


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Project Gaslight

Rochester • Horror, Thriller

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


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The MisEducation of Bindu

Indianapolis • 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.


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Lost Bayou

Lafayette • Drama, Family

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


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Stormie

Santa Maria • Biography, Drama

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


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Bring Me an Avocado

San Francisco • Drama

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


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A Room Full of Nothing

Austin • 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.


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The Atavist

Pittsfield • 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.


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Big Dog City

San Francisco • 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.


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"SURE-FIRE" - Development Funding Phase II

New York • 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.


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Bedsheet Man

Bradenton • 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


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Just Like The Men

Bellingham • Comedy, History

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


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Minneapolis (the movie)

Minneapolis • Comedy, Family

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


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Fantastic Santa Monaco

Los Angeles • Drama, Satire

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


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Coast

Los Angeles • Drama, Romance

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


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Bitter Taste

New York • Drama

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


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And Breathe

Austin • 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?


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Clementine

Portland • Drama, LGBTQ

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


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Petals & Stems

Austin • Romantic Comedy, Shorts Program

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


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Human Telegraphs

New York • Comedy

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


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Road To Bob

Portland • 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.


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Paper Birds, Film Production Fund

Oakland • Action, Drama

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


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All American Kids

New York • Documentary, Family

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


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Nonprofit Web Series

Portland • Comedy, Drama

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


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Lily 'N' Rose

Denver • Drama

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


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Jump The Fence

Portland • Documentary

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


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Forbidden Steps

Los Angeles • Global Celebration, Family

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


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Distance

Los Angeles • Romantic Comedy

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


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At The End Of The Day

Lakeland • Comedy, LGBTQ

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


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About a Donkey

New York • Comedy, LGBTQ

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


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Hard-ish Bodies

Austin • 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.


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Thirsty Girl

Los Angeles • 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.


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Real Artists

San Francisco • 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.


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Cleaner Daze

Santa Cruz • Drama, Transmedia

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


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Eudaemonia

New York • 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.


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Rich Kids

Houston • 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.


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ACID TEST (short film)

Houston • 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.


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Leche

Brooklyn • Drama, Shorts Program

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


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Kinesthesia

Los Angeles • 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.


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TurtleDove Films

Austin • Film-related Business

TurtleDove Films are finding their wings, help them get off the ground.


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