Maria Agui Carter is founder of Iguana Films, and Assistant Professor at Emerson College. A Latinx/Asian/Indigenous filmmaker, she grew up undocumented in New York City through her freshman year at Harvard. Formerly a staff producer for the flagship PBS station WGBH in Boston, she has won George Peabody Gardner, Warren and Rockefeller Fellowships for her independent work. Her historical feature documentary REBEL, about Loreta Velazquez, woman soldier and spy of the American Civil War, now on Amazon Prime, won a 2014 Erik Barnouw Award for best historical films in America, and she directed and served as series production advisor for the PBS Broadcast and trans-media series SCIGIRLS, nominated for a 2019 Daytime Emmy award. She is now directing the ALLEGED project, about a Latinx woman incarcerated for the murder of her rapist by her boyfriend. She is currently in development and slated to direct her feature magical realist script,SECRET LIFE OF LA MARIPOSA, with Producer Barbara Barbara DeFina attached. The script Maria wrote has received support from the Latinx Screenwriting Project, a Sundance initiative, a Sundance Director’s workshop fellowship, a CineQuaNon screenwriting fellowship, and the New York Stage and Script labs. Maria is the former Board Chair of NALIP (National Assoc. of Latino Independent Producers) and currently serves on the Writer’s Guild of America, East Diversity Council, and a member of Film Fatales.
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