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. Her films and writing combine a fictional and documentary narrative approach. 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. The 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, M has 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 global artists sitting on the board of School of the Alternative and WQTNradio. Through her work with Code Tenderloin, she advocates for equality and equity for underrepresented voices. THE PRINCIPLES of GOOD STORY and 101 ESSENTIAL BLACK FILMS are ideas derived through building communities.

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, completing ELEPHANT and working on her second feature film Khalifia. She can be found in San Francisco kicking around the fog.





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

2020 M | KHALIFA

m@mariaaj.com @mariaajudice
Photo: moonless San Francisco 2012
 Sinisa Kukic