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Writer | Director | Producer

 

M is a visual storyteller working in cinema, photography, and public art. She received her M.F.A. from CalArts in Film/Video. WIRED magazine called her a “filmmaker provocateur” bridging technology thinking with art-making. As an award-winning writer/director, her work ranges across new media platforms aligning around left of center subject matters. With a practice of autonomy first artwork is about community, space, and place.

PALM TREES DOWN 3rd ST. won the Adrienne Shelly Award for excellence in directing and aired on BET's “Lens on Talent”. Awards for the best narrative sci-fi film MOONLESS and screenplay ORBITERS were also garnered. Her films have screened around the world and are represented by Flourishing Films.

M holds a B.A. from SFSU in Creative Writing. M moves through scriptwriting, poetry, and essay writing. Short and feature scripts have been selected in festivals like Slamdance, Windy City International Film Festival, Silent River Screenplay Competition, The International Gullah Film Festival, and the Cindependent Film Festival. Published work can be viewed in Forum Magazine Spring 2019 and Undertone Mag Issue 003. M's award-winning film PALM TREES DOWN 3RD ST. was called "a masterpiece" by Film Threat. M's award-winning sci-fi MOONLESS was featured Stigmart/Videofocus13. 

INDIGO IMPACT was founded in 2016 with a mission to bring left of center stories and creators to global audiences as an Impact Producer. She worked for such titles like DREAMSTATES starring Saul Williams, Haiti’s first Oscar selection AYITI MON AMOUR, and JINN by Oakland native Nijla Mumin. She brings affordable music, literature, art, and performance to the Bay Area as a Co-Curator of the MATATU FESTIVAL. Sitting on the board of WFilm and Code Tenderloin she advocates for equality and equity for underrepresented voices. SCREENWRITING ROOTED IN DECOLONIZATION AND ABSTRACT PRINCIPLES and THE PRINCIPLES of GOOD STORY are taught at classes across the country.

Futurism and technology feed her love for science fiction, surrealism, and fantasy. EVENTUALLY, EVERYTHING IS FINE and KILL TIME view sci-fi through a lo-fi lens. A CERTAIN GRACE continues her conversation with San Francisco in making the invisible -- seen. Currently, she is working on her second long-form film ELEPHANT. She can be found in San Francisco kicking around the fog.

 

m@mariaaj.com

@mariaajudice

 

CalArts, San Francisco, Adrienne Shelly Directing Award, Dance, Comedy, Clowning, Hollywood Blast, Indigo Impact, BAWIFM, WFI, WFilm, Autonomous Filmmaking, San Francisco, Producer, MATATU