Maria Agui Carter
Maria Agui Carter is a filmmaker, founder of Iguana Films, and a Professor of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College. Maria is a Concordia Studio Fellow with a first-look deal. Crafting tales of heroes and rebels from communities left out of official accounts, Maria's character-driven fiction and non-fiction films challenge assumptions about whose story counts. A former staff producer for the flagship PBS station WGBH in Boston, she has created documentaries and series viewed around the world.
Maria’s feature REBEL, about Loreta Velazquez, soldier and spy of the American Civil War, on Amazon Prime, won an Erik Barnouw award for best historical films in America. She directed for SCIGIRLS, on PBS, nominated for a daytime Emmy. In 2023 she directed ROOTED IN JUSTICE, on BIPOC women restoring the global ecosystem, and contributed to COLLECTIVE WISDOM; Co-Creating Media for Equity and Justice, 2023, Penguin/Random House.
Her first-person documentary BIRTHRIGHT, exploring the racialized roots of immigration policy is in development with a National Endowment for Humanities grant. Her script SECRET LIFE OF LA MARIPOSA, a magical realist fable about survival and resilience explores immigration and climate change and was supported by a Sundance screenwriting lab.
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