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María Agui Carter

Filmmaker · Activist · Educator

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María Agui Carter is a filmmaker, founder of Iguana Films, and Assistant Professor at Emerson College. She grew up undocumented in NYC, graduated from Harvard, and is a Professor of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College. 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 dozens of documentaries and series broadcast around the world and shown in film festivals.

Her works include the hybrid non-fiction/drama feature Rebel, currently on Amazon Prime, winner of an Erik Barnouw award for best historical films in America; and the PBS broadcast & transmedia series Scigirls nominated for a 2019 daytime Emmy. She completed a new film in 2023, Rooted in Justice, for a series on BIPOC women innovators restoring the global ecosystem with Wild Elements Studio. Her new co-authored book, Collective Wisdom  launched worldwide at the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam, Nov. 1, 2023 from Penguin/Random House.

Maria has a first-look deal with Concordia Studio. Her first-person documentary Birthright, exploring the racialized roots of immigration policy has gained support from Firelight Media and a National Endowment for Humanities development grant. Her script Secret Life of La Mariposa, a magical realist fable about survival and resilience explores immigration and climate change was supported by a Sundance screenwriting lab and is also in development.


  • The Alleged Project – Director, Producer, Writer, Feature Documentary - In Development

  • Secret Life of La Mariposa – Writer/Director – In Development

  • SciGirls Latina –Director, Series Advisor | WTPT for National PBS Broadcast 2018 (30 min. 6 episodes plus Transmedia games, online videos). Daytime Emmy nomination, 2019.

  • Understanding Cuba – Scriptwriter | American Museum of Natural History, NYC, Nov. 2016-2017 (10 min.)

  • Voices of Dreamtown - Consulting Producer | 2016 festival release, feature film

  • 14 Freight Trains – Playwright | Arena Stage, opened Washington, DC, Fall 2015

  • Rebel - Writer, Producer, Director | Iguana Films; PBS National broadcast 2013, (75 min. & 52 min.) Erik Barnouw Honorable Mention.

  • No Job for a Woman - Producer | Hurry Up Sister Productions, PBS World Broadcast 2012, 65 min.

  • Secret Soldier - Writer, Producer, Director | Iguana Films, 2012, National Parks, 20 min.

  • Cleats - Writer, Director | Discovery En Espanol Films, 2008-10, 7 min.

  • Unnatural Causes Series – Consulting Producer | Vital Pictures, PBS broadcast, 2009 7 part series

  • Chevolution - Writer | Red Envelope Entertainment, a division of Netflix, 2008, 86 min

  • College Track Series – Producer, Pilot | Roundtable Prod., National PBS, 2004, three 56 min. programs

  • Rumble Over West Side Story - Writer, Producer, Director | La Plaza, WGBH, syndicated  - 2001, 27 min.

  • The Devil's Music - Writer, Producer, Director | National PBS, 2000, 56 min.


  • Sundance Director’s Club Intensive Fellow | 2018 Spring, LA.

  • MOME Fellow (Mayor’s Office for Media & Entertainment) NYC, 2016, 2017

  • Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, 2015-2016 Director’s Tour of seven states screenings with REBEL.

  • Cine Qua Non Screenwriting Laboratory, Mexico, 2015 Fellow

  • NYSAF screenwriter’s labs, NY state – 2015 Fellow

  • Sundance Intensive Latino Screenwriting Project, 2014 Fellow

  • Gutsy Gals Award for best feature of the Americas – 2014 for REBEL at Berkshire Conf. of Women

  • Powermeter100 – El Planeta News, One of the 100 Most Influential to Hispanics in MA, 2014

  • Erik Barnouw Honorable Mention Award – 2014 Best historical film in America, Organization of American Historians for REBEL

  • National Black Programming Consortium 2006 New Media Institute consulting producer

  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting/PBS Producer's Academy 2005 fellow

  • Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities 2004 & 2008 grant

  • National Association of Latino Independent Producer's Academy 2003, 2006 Producer’s Lab fellow

  • Massachusetts Cultural Council 2002 grant

  • Writers' Guild of America, East member, 1999-present, Diversity Council, 2014-Present

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